Teenage drink driver is banned
A Holy Island teenager has been banned from driving for 18 months for drink-driving.
Shaun Atkinson, 19, from the Lindisfarne Hotel, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
The court heard that the defendant had been on a night out in Berwick on December 2.
He had parked at the Castlegate car park and intended to leave his car there overnight and stay at a friend’s house.
However, after visiting various pubs and clubs, he found out he did not have anywhere to stay after all.
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Magistrates heard the defendant decided to drive to McDonald’s for a coffee before heading home but was stopped by police at 3.35am after being spotted mounting a kerb on North Road.
He was arrested and taken to Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend where he gave a positive breath test of 63mg alc/100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
The defendant, an apprentice commis chef at the Black Bull in Lowick, was fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
He was disqualified from driving for 18 months but this will be reduced by 18 weeks on successful completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.