A MOTORIST has been hit with a lengthy road ban – after keen-nosed police sniffed out his second drink-drive crime in less than three years.
Keefan Rodrigues was stopped on suspicion of an insurance offence while driving in South Shields, but he landed himself in court when an officer smelled alcohol on his breath.
The 22-year-old failed a roadside alcohol breath test – and landed himself further on the wrong side of the law when he was found to be carrying £80 worth of cocaine during a police station search.
He recorded a reading of 51mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg.
Rodrigues, of Heaton Gardens, South Shields, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and being in possession of a Class A drug when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard he had a previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol, dating back to October 2012.
Rodrigues was slapped with a 39-month driving disqualification for his latest booze-fuelled offence.
Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “He was driving on Chichester Road in a Corsa car on February 19 when he was stopped by police, who suspected the vehicle had no insurance.
“An officer smelt alcohol on his breath and he was arrested.
“A subsequent search found he was in possession of cocaine.
“In police interview, he confirmed the substance was cocaine, which he had hidden in the waistband of his underwear.
“He had paid £100 for it and there was about £80 of the substance remaining.”
Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “He has previously been on a drink-driver rehabilitation course and he had learnt from it.
“He had three cans of lager over the course of three or four hours at a friend’s house and thought the alcohol from one of the cans would’ve left his system.
“He had misjudged it.
“He apologises for it and it will cost him financially.
“He thought he was under the limit, he wasn’t, and he apologises.
“He should be given credit for his early guilty plea.
As well as a the driving ban, Rodrigues was fined £110 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.
Magistrates imposed no separate penalty for the drug offence.