Driving ban for teenager

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AN electrician has been banned from the roads for a year after being caught drink-driving.

Teenager Jack Hutchinson had been out with friends to the King Johns Tavern, off Victoria Road, Hartlepool, and had drank around “four or five pints” when he got into a row with his girlfriend and decided to drive home.

The 18-year-old was spotted by police getting into his Vauxhall Corsa in the pub car park before driving off.

Officers decided to follow him and watched as he “swerved” in the road.

He was pulled over as he turned into Wansbeck Gardens and arrested.

Tests showed he had 90 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper said: “It was about 12.45am when officers on patrol entered the King Johns Tavern car park and saw a group of people getting into a black Vauxhall Corsa.

“Due to the location and time of night the officers suspected the driver may have been drunk and decided to follow the vehicle to observe its manner of driving.

“The car was swerving in the road and due to this as the vehicle turned into Wansbeck Gardens they stopped it.

“The defendant was driving the vehicle and gave his details and he said he had been drinking.”

She added: “Tests showed that he was over the limit.”

Hutchinson, of Chelker Close, Hartlepool pleaded guilty to drink driving on June 29.

He represented himself in court and said he regretted his actions.

He told justices: “I had about four or five pints at about 10pm and I waited until about midnight. Then I started having an argument with my girlfriend and tried to drive home, stupidly. I do regret it.”

Chairman of the bench Patricia Hutchinson disqualified him from driving for 12 months, fined him £168, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.