Former pub landlord banned for drink driving

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AN ex-pub landlord has been banned from the roads for three years for drink-driving.

Samuel Stewart, who ran The Whitburn Lodge, Whitburn, between 2010 and February this year, sank seven halves of beer before driving home on April 6.

The 62-year-old was stopped by police in the village’s Arthur Street, where he lived at the time, and failed a breath test.

But when he was taken to the police station, he refused to give a further two samples of breath.

He told police he was on medication and was concerned it would affect the reading.

At South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, Stewart, of no fixed address, admitted failing to provide a specimen.

Mark Richardson, mitigating, said Stewart took the wrong decision” to drive home after being out drinking, and “genuinely thought he could refuse to give a sample of breath.”