Banned: The drink-driver who claimed he was going to his cousin’s rescue

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A MAN who had been drinking drove his car after hearing that his cousin had been injured on a night out in Hartlepool.

Colin Simpson was spotted by CCTV operators driving a Ford Mondeo car in Wansbeck Gardens, Hartlepool, and they suspected he may have been drinking,

Police officers were sent to the scene and stopped the 21-year-old.

Tests showed he was just over the legal drink drive limit, with 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 microgrammes.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “In the early hours of Sunday, August 17, police were alerted by CCTV operators of a potential drink driver.

“He was stopped and tested and shown to be overt the limit.

“He has no previous convictions.”

Simpson, of Wansbeck Gardens, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Mitigating, Jaxon Taylor said: “On the evening in question he made an extremely foolish decision out of concern for his cousin who had sustained an injury while socialising on a night out in Hartlepool town centre.

“He used the vehicle despite having consumed alcohol that previous evening.”

He added: “My client was just over the prescribed limit.”

Chairman of the bench Kate Brown banned him from driving for 12 months, fined him £250, ordered him to pay £85 costs, and a £25 victim surcharge.