Drink-driver pretended to be his brother after being caught for the fifth time

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A MOTORIST who pretended to be his brother when he was caught drink-driving for the fifth time has been put behind bars.

Wayne Stephenson gave his brother Paul’s details when he was stopped while over twice the legal limit in the early hours of June 18.

Newcastle Crown Court heard it wasn’t until he was re-arrested the following day that he admitted his true identity.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “The defendant through all the dealings with the police, from first being stopped, being taken to the police station, being booked in and undergoing mechanical testing gave his brother’s details, address, date of birth and the like.

“Only after he was released, it transpired he had given false details.

“He was re-arrested and in interview made full admissions to the police that he had given false details.

“He said he had previously been before the court and knew he would be disqualified from driving if he gave his own details.”

She added: “This is the fifth time he has been caught by the police driving while over the legal limit.”

The court heard Stephenson, who has a string of previous convictions, had recently been released from a four-year sentence for aggravated burglary at the time.

The 26-year-old, of Kings Road, Southwick, Sunderland, was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for three years.

He had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, driving while over the limit and having no licence or insurance.

Judge Roger Thorn QC told him: “It seems to me your brother was at least at risk for a period of 24 hours of being arrested for this matter.”

Christopher Morrison, defending, said the offence was not premeditated and Stephenson had been out drinking in Sunderland with his brother that night.

Mr Morrison said: “He panicked and under the influence of alcohol he gave his brother’s details.

“It was a futile attempt, on the spur of the moment. It was doomed to fail.”