Horncliffe drink-driver is banned

A Horncliffe man has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 21 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 08:20 am
Berwick Magistrates' Court

William Hamilton, 47, of Woodside Park, admitted the offence at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Magistrates heard the offence took place shortly before 11pm on March 23 when police saw a Peugeot being driven erratically on Ord Drive in Tweedmouth.

The court heard that police had noticed the defendant a short time earlier walking his dog in the Bridge End area and thought he was under the influence.

James Long, prosecuting, said: “PC Richardson saw a car being driven somewhat erratically on Ord Drive and noticed the driver was the same man he had seen a short time earlier.

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“The car was stopped and the police officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath.”

He was arrested and taken to Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend where at 12.30am he provided a positive camic breath test of 85mg alcohol in 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Representing himself, the defendant, an artist, said: “I had no excuse. I should not have done it.”

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 21 months and fined him £120, He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.

1 Spittal woman Kaitlin Hill was ordered to pay a total of £335 in fines and costs for being drunk and disorderly after magistrates found the case proved in her absence.

Magistrates heard that Hill, 22, of Princes Street, had been arrested on March 28 after police were called to an incident outside a house in Eastcliffe. On arrival, they spoke to the defendant, who was verbally abusive towards them, and warned her but she continued.