Sunderland man gets driving ban after ‘drifting’ video posted on Facebook

Wearside man banned from driving after video posted on social media.
Wearside man banned from driving after video posted on social media.
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A Wearside man has banned from driving after a video of him ‘drifting’ was posted on a social networking site.

Vladimirs Lohins appeared before Carlisle Crown Court on Tuesday charged with dangerous driving.

He was captured on camera demonstrating ‘drifting’ to his friends at 5am on the A686 near Hartside Summit, last August.

The video was posted on social networking site Facebook.

Lohins pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was banned for driving for 12 months. He will also have to sit an extended re-test.

The 25-year-old from Houghton-le-Spring was also fined £1,500, ordered to pay £250 costs, £60 victim surcharge and handed a 12 month community order and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Inspector Richard Quinn said: “Driving is an important responsibility, and if it is not treated seriously it can have potentially tragic consequences – both for those in the car, and other road users.

“I hope the sentence this week acts as a deterrent to other potential offenders. What may seem like harmless fun at the time can have long lasting consequences.”