Pizza delivery driver wrote off three cars while high on cocaine in South Shields

Daniel Sullivan.
Daniel Sullivan.

A pizza delivery driver who was trying to get his life back on track after a five-year prison sentence crashed and wrote off three cars while high on drugs,

Daniel Sullivan smashed his Renault Clio into a row of parked cars in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, after taking cocaine earlier in the day.

Galsworthy Road

Galsworthy Road

The 27-year-old was also not insured because his policy didn’t cover delivery work, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Sullivan, of High Street, South Shields, wrecked a Vauxhall Corsa, a Suzuki Vitara, and a Citroen C2 on April 12.

He was released from prison in October last year after serving a sentence for unlawful wounding and attempted robbery.

He attacked young guests at a house party while high on cocaine and alcohol.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “A Renault Clio collided with three parked cars at about 11pm.

“Several people were present when police arrived. They owners of the cars described how they had heard a loud bang.

“The driver of the Clio, Daniel Sullivan, was seen to attempt to restart his car but it wouldn’t go. He stayed at the scene until police arrived.”

The court heard Sullivan failed a roadside drug test and the formal testing procedure at the police station.

Mr Poppett added: “Sullivan said he had taken cocaine in the afternoon but had felt fine to go to work as a food delivery driver in the evening. He had little recollection of the crash.

“All he other vehicles were later written off insurance companies.”

Sullivan admitted driving with cocaine in his system above the specified limit, and driving without insurance.

Catherine Fowle, defending, said: “Mr Sullivan was released from the five-year sentence in October and, since then, has tried to rebuild his life. He genuinely felt fit to drive that evening and he would like to apologise for what he did.”

Magistrates adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report which will consider all sentencing options, including custody.

Sullivan was disqualified from driving, and bailed to return to the court on June 23.

The length of the driving disqualification will be decided when he is sentenced.