Army discipline for soldier caught drink-driving in Sunderland hospital grounds

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A NEWLY promoted Lance Corporal will be disciplined by the Army when he returns to barracks after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the grounds of Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Gavin Johnston was almost twice the legal limit when he was found in his Ford Fiesta in Chester Road at 3.55am on August 31, last year.

The 22-year-old drew the attention of police as he was parked on a kerb next to the hospital entrance with the lights on and the engine running, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Rebecca Laverick said: “The officers had not seen him driving but the CCTV at the hospital showed the vehicle being driven around the hospital grounds.”

Johnston, of New Herrington, admitted driving with excess alcohol after being found to have 144mg in 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80mg.

A statement from his commanding officer said Johnston, who is based in Salisbury, will be disciplined within the military which will have “significant effect” on him.

Johnston was fined £250 with £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge. He was banned from driving for 18 months.