Sunderland football coach banned for drink-driving on way home from game

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A FOOTBALL coach was caught drink-driving after having a tipple on his way home from a game.

Anthony Smith, 43, was caught behind the wheel of his Audi A4, in the early hours of March 8, Sunderland magistrates heard.

I was in the wrong and embarrassingly so.

Anthony Smith

Prosecutor Lee Poppett said police had cause to speak to Smith after they spotted him on the A182 Hetton Road at 2am. A roadside breath test showed he had 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

He was of previous good character, the court heard. Smith, of Lady Street, Hetton, admitted drink driving. He was banned from driving for a year and told to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.