Drink driver crashed car into wall after night out

The case was heard at Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

The case was heard at Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

A drink driver fled from his wrecked car when he crashed into a wall after a night out in Sunderland.

Wesley Stokoe, 21, was twice the limit when his Audi A4 plunged into a wall in Toronto Road, Thorney Close in the early hours of June 26, Sunderland magistrates heard.

He crashed into a wall and ran off, returning a short while later to assess the damage. He then went home to sleep

Paul Doney, prosecuting

Prosecutor Paul Doney said police attended Stokoe’s home at 9.20 after finding his damaged vehicle.

“On speaking to him, he was clearly intoxicated, Mr Doney said,

The court heard the crash had reportedly happened at 5.40am that morning.

A roadside breath test proved positive and he was taken to Southwick police station, where it was shown that he had 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – twice the legal limit of 35.

Mr Doney said: “The defendant confirmed he was the owner and driver of the vehicle and said he had consumed a significant amount of alcohol with friends.

“He had taken a taxi home, then intended to drop his friends off, along with a female he had met that evening.

“He crashed into a wall and ran off, returning a short while later to assess the damage. He then went home to sleep.

Stokoe, of Gleneagles Square, Grindon, admitted driving with excess alcohol.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending said Stokoe has been working for the last three years and has no previous convictions.

“His family are at the back of the court,” he added. “It’s an unfortunate one-off incident, having done the right thing and got a taxi back from the town.

“It’s a very sharp bend and he’s hit the kerb.”

He was banned from driving for 22 months and was fined £315 with a £31 surcharge and £85 costs.