A DAD has lost his job as well as his licence after he drove to buy medicine for his baby son while more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.
Paul Walker was seen driving his Land Rover Freelander erratically in the Ayton area of Washington on September 8, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Police followed the 32-year-old from his home address in Lapwing Close and on to Mallard Close, but it was not until he had turned onto Fulmar Drive, that he was pulled over.
“The officer could smell intoxicating liquor on his breath,” prosecutor Louise Harrison said.
The dad-of-three was arrested and taken to Washington police station where he was found to have 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
The former soldier, who has served in Iraq and Bosnia, has a previous conviction for drink driving, dating back to March 2004, the court heard.
Walker pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Angus Westgarth, mitigating, said: “Mr Walker is a married man, with children aged 10 and six and 11 weeks. The youngest child was ill.
“He had been to a stag party and had ceased driving several hours before his child was causing a problem. He decided to drive to a garage about one mile away to buy Calpol. He saw a police car and acted out of shock.
“I have told him you will disqualify him today for a three-year minimum because it is within 10 years of the previous matter.
“He is in full-time employment. That employment will end as of today. His wife doesn’t drive and he will be unemployed.
“When he was disqualified in 2004, he was a serving soldier. When he came out onto civvy street, he’s managed to find employment straight away. Obviously that’s now come crashing down, on the day before his 32nd birthday.”
Walker was banned from driving for three years and was fined £635.