Jarrow teenager ‘deeply ashamed’ over drink-driving ban

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A teenager has been banned from the roads - after being stopped behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car while more than two times over the drink and drive limit.

Police pulled over David Wood on Newcastle Road , on the A194 in Jarrow, after spotting him driving a Renault Modus vehicle without its lights on.

He is deeply ashamed and embarrassed to be here.

Christopher Brown, defence solicitor

When they spoke to the 18-year-old they noted he smelt of alcohol - and inquiries also revealed he didn’t have valid insurance for the car.

Wood, of Chillingham Terrace, Jarrow, was arrested and taken to South Shields Police Station after failing a roadside breath test.

He recorded a reading of 84mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than two times over the legal limit of 35mcg.

He admitted driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Anela Narey, prosecuting, said: “Police were on duty on April 24 when they saw a vehicle driving without its lights on.

“They caused the vehicle to stop and the driver was Wood, who smelt of alcohol.

“He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He is deeply ashamed and embarrassed to be here.

“It is his girlfriend’s car and he was not insured to drive it.”

Wood was banned from driving for 22 months and fined £180.

He must also pay a criminal court charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.