A NISSAN worker who was caught with cocaine told police it was to help him get through his shift.
Three bags of the drug were found on Luke Sotheran when he was searched by police on October 1.
The 25-year-old, of Cricklewood Road in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to possession of the class A drug at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, said Sotheran told officers: “I work shifts at Nissan and it helps me to stay awake.”
Representing himself, Sotheran said he paid £100 for the drug. He said: “I went to town after work and had a bit too much to drink and decided to buy some drugs. I have just got a permanent contract and it is a stupid thing I have done.”
Chair Linda Scanlin said: “This is going to be a very expensive exercise for you.
“You have a job and you are putting that job in jeopardy.”
Sotheran was fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 court costs.