South Tyneside drink-driver was over twice the limit

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A DRINK-driver who was more than twice over the legal limit has been banned from the roads for two years.

Christopher Mather was stopped by police after they saw his Renault Clio go round a roundabout the wrong way just before midnight on September 29.

A breath test showed the 32-year-old had 94mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

Mather, of Western Road, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “It was 11.55pm when an officer on duty saw the defendant driving a black Clio on Victoria Road East.

“He was heading towards Jarrow and they thought he was going too fast.

“They saw him go the wrong way around a roundabout and pulled him over.

“Mather smelled of alcohol, he failed a breath test and was arrested.”

Val Bell, defending, said: “He has no convictions and has been driving for 15 years with a clean licence.

“I don’t think you will be seeing him in court ever again.”

Magistrates banned Mather from driving for two years and gave him a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.