Man drove after drinks

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A PLUMBER drove while three times over the booze limit after arguing with his girlfriend.

Jason Bown had been out drinking with friends and had had a row with his girlfriend before he got behind the wheel of his BMW car and drove off.

Police received reports that the 39-year-old was “swerving all over the road and speeding” so he was tracked down and pulled over.

Breath tests showed he had 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told justices: “Reports were made to police of a vehicle driving along Raby Road swerving all over the road and speeding.

“An area search was conducted and a blue BMW car was seen at the lights at the junction with Victoria Road and York Road.

“The vehicle continued along York Road and was stopped by police and tested.”

Bown, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to drink driving on August 14.

Adrian Morris, mitigating, told the court of the circumstances leading up to his client’s arrest.

“He had been out with friends socialising at the marina and returned to see his girlfriend,” he said.

“Unfortunately there was an argument at her house and he made a good decision in order to diffuse the situation and that was to leave.

“He jumped in his car which was not a wise decision. His journey was going to be short and was driving along York Road when he was asked to pull over.

“However, he does take issue with the report of speeding and swerving and he would say that did not happen.”

Mr Morris added: “He knows he will lose his licence today and that will have a significant effect on him and his mother. She is 69 and is significantly disabled and relies on my client in terms of shopping and transport.

“He has been offered a job with a plumbing firm to start in September, but losing his licence will mean that position is unfortunately likely to be reviewed.

“The whole affair is going to have a lasting effect on both him and his mother. It was very much out of character and he apologises to the court.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Lynne Hodgson banned him from driving for 24 months, sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 100-hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 costs.