Sunderland drink-driver blamed bad weather for his crime

Drink driver Gary Sloan
Drink driver Gary Sloan
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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.