A Newcastle man has been caught drink driving for the third time in seven years because police noticed his registration plate was broken.
Officers originally pulled him over because of the damaged plate but noticed the smell of alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test.
The sales manager had been arguing with his girlfriend earlier in the evening on July 28 and decided to drive away.
Prosecutor Rebecca Gibson said: “It was around 11.30pm when a police officer noticed the defendant’s Ford Fiesta vehicle travelling in the opposite direction to him.
“The officer noticed that the number plate was broken, so he decided to turn his vehicle around and stop the Ford Fiesta.”
The breath test gave a result of 61mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.
Ms Gibson added that the defendant had previous convictions for the offence from 2011 and 2013, and faced the minimum three-year ban.
Mitigating, Tony Malia explained his client’s “regrettable” decision: “An unfortunate argument arose and it was something that impacted upon his life very substantially at the time.
“He then decided to get out the house.
“There’s no suggestion his driving was impaired in any way, shape or form and he fully co-operated with the police at the roadside.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving, Magistrates banned him from the roads for 36 months, imposed fines of £400, and bound him under a 12-month community order.
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