Drink-driver crashed off A1 into sign

A drink-driver lost control of his car on the A1 and crashed into a sign on the other side of the carriageway, Berwick magistrates heard.

Monday, 23rd April 2018, 8:19 am
Berwick-upon-Tweed Magistrates' Court.

Darren Gray was travelling from Haggerston Castle to Berwick in a red Vauxhall Corsa in the early hours of March 21 when the crash happened.

The court was told he was on a night out celebrating his boss’s birthday and had drunk four pints when he got a call from his girlfriend who was upset.

James Long, prosecuting, said the defendant took the decision to drive to visit her at Highcliffe but crashed off the A1 near the Wooler junction, south of Berwick.

He provided a positive roadside breath test to police and was taken to Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend where he gave a camic breath test of 91mg alc/100ml breath at 4.45am. The legal limit is 35mg.

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Steven Reed, in mitigation, acknowledged it had been a stupid mistake but added: “This was not premeditated. He only drove after receiving a telephone call from his distressed girlfriend. It doesn’t excuse what he did but it supplies context.

“He has shown genuine remorse and gives an unreserved apology for what he has done.”

The defendant, who lives at Haggerston Castle Holiday Park where he works in the kitchen, was banned from driving for 23 months.

He was also ordered by magistrates to pay a £175 fine, £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.