‘Ashamed’ Peterlee man crashed while double the drink-drive limit

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A man who crashed into a tree after getting behind the wheel following a drinking session to ‘drown his sorrows’ has been hit with a road ban.

Robert Routledge, of Hall Field Drive, Easington, Peterlee, suffered two broken ribs when his Suzuki vehicle collided with the tree on the grassed area of a roundabout at Whitemare Pool, in South Tyneside.

He is very ashamed to have lost his good character and is remarkably embarrassed to be in court

Craig Hunn, defending

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday

The court heard he had been out boozing with pals in Newcastle following the break up of a relationship.

Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had collided with a tree on the grassed area of the roundabout.”

He recorded a reading of 80mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - more than double the legal limit.

Routledge was banned from driving for 20 months, was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £235 and a £20 victim surcharge.