Drink-driver caught parking friend’s car in Sunderland

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HELPING a friend out of tight parking spot cost one man his licence, a court was told.

James Christie was over the drink drive limit when he was spotted by police in a Seat Ibiza in Sunderland.

Sunderland magistrates heard that police collared the 20-year-old in Trimdon Street at about 4.45am on September 27.

Prosecutor Stan Sudworth said officers saw the car trying to pull across two lanes of the road. They stopped it and Christie gave a breath-test reading of 62 micro grammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Christie, of Porchester Square in Pennywell, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Andrew Wigmore, defending, told magistrates the offence was towards the lower end of the scale.

“He told me that a friend that was fully insured and had driven to that location, parked the vehicle rather badly and the defendant stupidly offered to park that vehicle.

“He clearly had some alcohol to drink.

“The defendant had parked the car when the officer approached the vehicle and found the defendant behind the wheel.

“The distance he had driven is short.

“He is fully insured and licenced to drive.”

Christie, who works at a call-centre in Doxford Park, Sunderland, was banned from driving for 17 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 towards court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.