A MAN was caught over the drink and drive limit by police – after getting behind the wheel following a row with his partner.
Brett McGrady was on his way to his mother’s house when officers pulled him over on the A185, in Jarrow.
He failed a roadside breath test after cops noted he smelt of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed.
Inquiries also uncovered he had no insurance cover for his Ford Fusion vehicle.
The 27-year-old was arrested and recorded a reading of 50mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg – at South Shields Police Station.
McGrady, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, admitted driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “Police were on uniform patrol on May 8 when their attention was drawn to a Ford Fusion vehicle, which they caused to stop.
“Officers noted McGrady smelt of intoxicating liquor, his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred. He failed a roadside breath test.
“Inquiries found he had no existing insurance cover for the vehicle.”
Ian Haq, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty on the first occasion. He had an argument with his partner and had consumed alcohol.
“He didn’t believe he would be over the limit and decided to drive to his mother’s address.
“Unfortunate events have caught up with him.”
Mr Haq said McGrady had lost his job.
McGrady was given a 16-month driving disqualification and must pay a fine of £110, a criminal court charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £20.