A DAD-OF-TWO has been banned from the roads for three years for drink-driving – because of the weather.
Gary Sloan, pictured, had been out drinking with friends and claimed he had intended to leave his car behind when the weather turned bad.
The 33-year-old, of Ramillies Road, Sunderland, was stopped by police after being spotted narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic while driving along North Road, Boldon Colliery, at about 9.30pm on December 20.
A breath test showed Sloan was more than twice the legal alcohol limit for driving.
During a search of his car, officers also found a quantity of cannabis.
The court heard that Sloan, a self-employed plasterer, had previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol in 2006, and failing to provide a specimen of breath after being stopped by police while driving three years later.
He pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol and possessing cannabis.
During a police interview, Sloan said the cannabis had belonged to a friend, but he took responsibility for it.
Sloan recorded an alcohol reading of 78mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mcg.
Willie Johnstone, defending, said: “Sloan accepts that he made a serious error of judgement. He didn’t initially intend to drive home.
“He entered an immediate guilty plea, and I ask that you give him full credit for that.
Magistrates banned him from driving for three years and gave him a 12-month supervision order. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60.