Motorist more than four times limit when found slumped behind wheel of car in South Tyneside street

A sozzled motorist could be jailed after being caught slumped at the wheel while over four times the limit in a South Tyneside street.

Alcoholic Jagdeep Sekhon, 35, was found by paramedics alerted to his plight in Lesley Avenue, Hebburn, on Tuesday, June 2.

Sekhon gave a breath test reading which showed 146 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard it was his second alcohol-related driving offence in four years.

Alcoholic Jagdeep Sekhon, 35, was found by paramedics alerted to his plight in Lesley Avenue, Hebburn, on Tuesday, June 2.

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In 2016 he was given a 15-week jail term, suspended for 12 months, and banned from the roads for 13 months, after being caught three-and-a-half times the limit.

Sekhon pleaded guilty to an allegation of being drunk while in charge of a vehicle.

Magistrates have now ordered a report be compiled into his behaviour and he will be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, December 29.

Prosecutor Lesley Burgess said: “An ambulance had attended, and Mr Sekhon was described as being slumped over the wheel.

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“One of the paramedics took the keys. Mr Sekhon was incoherent and couldn’t stand up. He was taken to a police station.

“He gave a reading of 146 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

“What probably aggravates matters is that in 2016 he was before the court after he gave a reading of 122 microgrammes.

“He was made subject to a suspended sentence and a 13-month disqualification.”

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Paul Hanratty, defending, said: “This is a man who has an alcohol dependency. He needs some support.

“Your starting point is a medium to high community order and the range does take it up to custody.”

Magistrates , who granted Sekhon, of St Andrews Drive, Low Fell, Gateshead, unconditional bail, ordered an all options report be compiled by the Probation Service, keeping open the possibility of a jail sentence.

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