Man drove after day of drinking

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A DRUNKEN driver has been banned from the roads after taking his car home after a day of boozing in a South Tyneside club.

Brian Kelly spent hours in Jarrow’s Neon club watching the Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United football matches before driving home.

The 53-year-old was spotted getting in the Ford Fiesta by police who pulled him over once he was out of the car park.

The officers could smell alcohol on his breath and arrested him after a positive breath test.

Kelly, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drink at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “It was 6.15pm on March 17 when officers saw him driving out of the Neon car park.

“Concerned with the manner of his driving, they pulled him over.

“They could smell alcohol on his breath and he told them he had drank more than he should have.”

The court heard Kelly had no previous convictions.

Ian Haq, defending, said: “He had been to the club with his wife and was only going to stay for a short period.

“However, there was two football games on that afternoon and he became engrossed in them.

“As a result he stayed much longer than he intended to and drank more than he intended to.

“He was driving because he was with his wife who has health problems – now he will be banned, it will be much more difficult for her to get around.”

Magistrates banned Kelly from driving for 18 months, fined him £200 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.