‘Stupid’ driver caught over the limit – and without insurance

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A ‘stupid’ motorist has been banned from the roads after being caught out by police more than two times over the drink-drive limit.

Craig Bell’s Renault Traffic vehicle was spotted ‘weaving from side to side’ by officers on patrol in South Shields in the early hours of the morning.

When he pulled over, he failed a breath test and was arrested by police.

He recorded a reading of 77mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg.

The 31-year-old was also found to be behind the wheel without insurance.

Bell pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving without third party insurance when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “On June 26 at 1.30am, police were alerted to a car being driven erratically.

“They attended and saw a Renault Traffic vehicle weaving from side to side.

“The vehicle stopped of its own accord on Hartington Terrace.

“He failed a roadside breath test and police also discovered there was no insurance cover for the car.

David Forrester, defending, said: “He is a man of no previous convictions.

“He is a self-employed joiner and this ban will have a significant impact on him.

“He regrets putting himself in this position.

“It was stupid – he acted in a silly way.”

Bell, of Northcote Street, South Shields, was disqualified from driving for 17 months.

He was also fined £333 and must pay a criminal courts charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a £33 victim surcharge – making for a total court bill of £601.