Motorist faces driving charges

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with driving offences after a police pursuit through a village.

It was claimed a silver Vauxhall Astra van had been seen “driving erratically” in Newbottle on Thursday, August 16, at 9.30pm.

Alex Dobbing, 34, of Burdon Walk, Castle Eden, has appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was remanded in custody until he appears in court tomorrow.