A DRINK driver has been banned from the roads after getting behind the wheel when he was almost twice the legal limit.
Samirul Miah’s Vauxhall Corsa was stopped by police in Durham Road, Sunderland, on the night of June 18.
The 21-year-old failed a breath test, which gave a reading of 69mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.
Miah, of Churchill Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at the city’s magistrates’ court.
He also admitted to driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and without insurance.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, told the court that unemployed Miah gave a false name to police when he was pulled over, at 11pm.
However defence solicitor, Chris Wilson, claimed it was a mix up.
He said: “In the statements given by the officers, it is said he gave them a false name.
“That is not the case. He can hold a driving licence, but he has not applied for that. He made the erroneous decision to drive the car.”
Miah was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £110 for not having any insurance.
He must also pay £85 court costs and a £22 victim surcharge.