Drink and drug driver asked to be locked up after row at home

Sunderland Police Station.
Sunderland Police Station.
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A distraught man has been banned from the roads after he turned up at a police station and confessed to having driven there drunk.

Jorden Ewen, 23, asked officers to lock him up after telling them he had been drinking and taking cocaine early on September 27, Sunderland magistrates heard.

He turned up at Gillbridge Police Station himself. It was apparent that he was drunk. The officers asked him ‘how did you get here? and he said ‘I drove here’

Paul Anderson, prosecuting

“He turned up at Gillbridge Police Station himself,” prosecutor Paul Anderson said. “It was apparent that he was drunk.

“The officers asked him ‘how did you get here? and he said ‘I drove here’.

“He said ‘Yes I drove here drunk. I’ve taken cocaine. Lock me up for everything’.”

Mr Anderson added: “I think there had been some dispute with a partner, which led to him turning up at the police station. That didn’t go anywhere, but has put him in the position he is in today.”

Ewen, of Kirkwall Close, Castletown, was found to have 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving the Renault Clio in Gillbridge Avenue.

Peter Thubron, defending, said the incident had come about because of a row between Ewen and his partner, with whom he has a nine-month-old baby, when she returned home from a night out later than expected, at 7am.

“It’s a sad case,” Mr Thubron said. “In a way, he did the right thing but in the wrong way.

“Because of the row he could see things getting worse, and he had a feeling things would get much worse, so he did the right thing and that’s where things started to go wrong.

“He drove to the police station because he holds the old-fashioned view that the police can sort it out.

“The problem is he drove there.

“Forty-three microgrammes is not the highest reading, it is perhaps the lowest reading you will have come across in this court.”

“In a way you can’t get an earlier guilty plea,” Mr Thubron added. “He told the police he had done it.”

Ewen was banned from driving for a year.

He was also fined £220 and was told to pay £85 costs, a £22 victim surcharge, and a £150 criminal courts charge.