‘I drove because passenger was drunker than me’ – Sunderland motorist who almost mowed down pedestrians

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A DRINK driver forced pedestrians to leap out of the way as he drove a scooter home with his cousin on the back – because his passenger was drunker than he was, a court heard.

Members of the public were forced to flee for their lives as Kevin McGuire, 36, mounted the pavement in Pennywell during what his solicitor called a “mercy-mission”, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Swerving across Portsmouth Road at 11.20am on August 7, Mcguire narrowly missed the kerb before driving along a footpath, prosecutor Paul Anderson said.

McGuire, of Galashiels Road, Grindon, had initially drawn the attention of a passing police car because his cousin was not wearing a helmet,the court heard.

Officers had to follow the Peugeot Elyseo 100 scooter across a grassed area until it finally came to a stop.

“He said he drove it because his cousin was on the back and he was even more intoxicated than him,” Mr Anderson added. “He said it was the safer option.”

McGuire, a window cleaner, was found to have 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

He admitted drink-driving, having no licence and no insurance.

Jason Smith, mitigating, said: “His cousin, who was on the back, had borrowed the bike from his father and he had to get it back, or he would be in severe trouble.

“Kevin noticed the young man was severely intoxicated. Kevin had been asleep for a few hours and he made what was essentially a mercy-mission. He simply thought he was doing his cousin a favour.”

McGuire was banned from driving for two years was fined £110, and told to pay £85 costs. and a £20 victim surcharge.