A MOTORCYCLIST worse for wear from the night before skidded on ice and landed at the feet of a police officer dealing with another incident.
Kris Naylor had been out drinking the previous evening when he got on his Honda motorbike to travel to work on Monday, February 10, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The 22-year-old hit a patch of ice and was thrown off his bike to land under the nose of an officer dealing with a multi-vehicle crash.
The hazardous conditions on the A1231 Sunderland highway later led to the road being closed in both directions between the Washington Highway and Northumberland Way Interchange.
“Police were dealing with an incident on the A1231 at 7.15am, nothing to do with this young man at all,” prosecutor Paul Anderson said. “He was unlucky in a way, because his motorcycle skidded on some ice.
“He is thrown from the vehicle and lands at the feet of the officer who goes to his assistance. The officer notices a residual smell of alcohol.”
Mr Anderson said Naylor had 50 microgrammes of alcohol in breath, higher than the legal limit of 35. He has no previous convictions or cautions.
Naylor, of Penshaw Gardens, County Durham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Michael Robinson, mitigating, said that if Naylor had been given legal representation before the breath test was carried out, he would have been advised to elect a blood or urine sample instead, and the delay may have meant he was below the limit.
Mr Robinson said Naylor had been persuaded to go for a drink with friends on the Sunday evening in an effort to cheer him up after the deaths of his girlfriend and grandmother.
“In an effort to help him, they persuaded him to consume lots of alcohol. Of course he wasn’t feeling exactly his best so he went along with it. This is a case of driving the day after.”
Naylor was fined £270 and told to pay £85 costs and a £27 victim surcharge. He was banned from driving for one year.