A SECURITY company boss believed he was set up by his ex resulting in him being caught drunk at the wheel, a court heard.
Eamon Sassi was asleep in bed in the early hours of October 19, when he received a desperate phone call from a girlfriend he had recently broken up with.
The woman said she was at home with her 11-year-old daughter and needed help as there were people in the house who refused to leave.
Sassi, 32, jumped into his blue VW Golf and drove from his home in Holborn Road, Hylton Lane Estate, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Paul Doney said officers in a marked police car spotted Sassi driving in Ormonde Street, Barnes, at 4.48am.
“Their attention was drawn to the manner of his driving,” Mr Doney said. “Officers followed the defendant who then stopped his vehicle without request. He admitted to having been drinking. A roadside breath test was positive.”
Sassi was arrested and a breath test at the police station showed he had 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, almost two and a half times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
He later pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Susan Grey, mitigating, said: “He would not have had so much to drink if he believed he was going to drive. Had he not been awoken so suddenly, he probably wouldn’t have driven at all.
“He has the feeling he was being set up and there wasn’t an emergency at all.
“He was being placed in this position by an act of malevolence. He got into the car, with the best of intentions, in the wrong set of circumstances.”
Sassi was banned from driving for 12 months and was fined £160 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.