Teenage drink driver is banned

A Holy Island teenager has been banned from driving for 18 months for drink-driving.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 29 December, 2017, 07:32
Berwick Magistrates' Court

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.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

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.