A DRINK driver was stopped by police after being spotted driving the wrong way down a street.
Magistrates were told Nissan worker Adam McDonald, 21, was following a route on a navigation device on his friend’s phone when it led him down Westoe Road, in South Shields, the wrong way at 12.40am on Tuesday, August 19.
He was stopped by police and given a roadside breath test, which recorded a reading of 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliletres of breath – over double the legal limit of 35mcg.
McDonald of Estuary Way, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He had been on a night out and was picking up a friend. He had another friend in the passenger seat who was using his phone as a Sat Nav to direct him.
“As a result of following it he ended up going the wrong way, against the flow of traffic.
“It was a very, very bad error of judgement on his part.”
McDonald was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £430 fine, £85 court costs and £43 victim surcharge.