South Shields drink driver gets four-year ban – after being caught over the limit in his new car

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A MAN has been banned from the road for nearly four years after being stopped in his new car by police while more than twice the legal alcohol limit for driving.

Neil Barr was pulled over after being spotted driving at excessive speed along John Reid Road, in South Shields, in a Volkswagen Golf he had bought the day before.

He has a previous similar conviction from 2007 and accepts he will receive a lengthy disqualification.

Solicitor Laura Johnson

When officers spoke to the 33-year-old, they could smell alcohol and ordered him to to take a roadside breath test, which proved positive.

Barr, a scaffolder, was arrested and taken to South Shields police station, and another breath test there gave a reading of 81mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than double the legal limit of 35mcg.

Police also discovered he only had a provisional driving licence and was not insured to get behind the wheel.

Barr, of Aspen Place, South Shields, admitted driving with excess alcohol and without a licence or insurance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that he had already been given a three-year road ban in 2007 for a previous drink-driving offence.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “Police were on duty at 11.30pm on March 28 in a marked vehicle when they were alerted to a VW Golf travelling at excessive speed in John Reid Road.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He has entered an immediate guilty plea and should be given full credit for that. The car in question had been purchased the day before.

“He was going to the local shops when he was stopped. He didn’t have insurance and only has a provisional licence.

“He has a previous similar conviction from 2007 and accepts he will receive a lengthy disqualification.

“He works as a scaffolder in Middlesbrough, and this will affect his working arrangements.”

Barr was given a 46-month driving disqualification and fined £450, plus court costs of £85 and a £45 surcharge.

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