A GOOD Samaritan helped catch a man who was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit.
The driver spotted Jason Dixon’s car weaving along the A1231 between Sunderland and Washington, crossing lanes and mounting the central reservation.
When the Mazda 323 came to a stop on a sliproad to Washington, the motorist pulled in behind him and snatched the car keys, leaving Dixon slumped in the driver’s seat.
Police were called and Dixon’s breath test gave a reading of 124 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35.
Prosecutor Paul Doney told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that the 23-year-old, from Ingleborough Court, in Blackfell, Washington, said he had been for tea at friend’s house and drank some lager, before the incident at 9.35pm on August 31.
Dixon, who works for a Nissan supplier, admitted drinking four cans but said in interview he did not think he was that drunk.
He pleased guilty to drink driving.
Defending, Trish Mytton said Dixon, was of previous good character. His mother, uncle and grandmother, who accompanied him to court, were “absolutely devastated” by his arrest.
She added: “His family have not been previously involved with the criminal justice system.
“He is genuinely remorseful for his actions.
“He had no intentions of consuming alcohol and driving.
“He had tea at his friend’s house and was going to stay there, but made the decision to drive to his home in the Washington area and see his partner.”
Chairman Thomas Eastick stood the case down for Probation Service reports.