Driver high on coke and booze smashed car into garden wall in Sunderland

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A DRINK-DRIVER smashed into a garden wall during an early-morning search for booze.

Sean Brown was fuelled by a cocktail of drink and drugs when he lost control of his friend’s Ford Fiesta and crashed into the wall in Station Road, Penshaw.

The 28-year-old was injured in the crash and his friend was found lying face-down in the garden by the homeowner.

Brown, of nearby Weardale Crescent, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, told the court that as the car struck the brick wall, debris was flung into the air, damaging a Vauxhall Corsa belonging to the woman who lives at the house.

He said: “She was woken at 1.45am by her son returning home.

“Almost immediately afterwards, she heard a bang and saw a dark-coloured car had crashed into her garden wall and a male lying on her drive.”

When police arrived, Brown told them: “I’m not going to lie, I’ve had seven or eight pints.”

He also told the officers he had snorted two lines of cocaine.

The court heard Brown was trying to drive to a garage one and half miles away to buy more booze, when he lost control on a bend in the early hours of August 18.

Brown and his passenger were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital by ambulance as they were both believed to be seriously injured.

He was later arrested, and a blood test showed he had 113mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, the legal limit being 80mg. He told police he had been drinking in The Prospect pub in Old Penshaw before he and his friend decided they would jump in the car in search of more alcohol.

Susan Grey, defending, said: “He is of previous good character. He has been driving for 11 years with no points for anything on his licence.

“They decided between them that he was going to drive his friend’s car to a garage.

“It was a massive mistake. He wasn’t used to the car and he lost control.

“His friend was thrown from the car. Mr Brown’s head and leg were injured.

“When he realised he had hit the house of a lady and demolished the wall, he felt so bad about it that he went back a few days later with bricks and mortar and rebuilt the wall.”

Brown was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £230. He was also told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.