Drowning sorrows after break-up led man to drink-driving ban

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A drink-driver has further cause to be sorry, in the form of a road ban, after getting behind the wheel and crashing into a tree following a drinking session to “drown his sorrows”.

Robert Routledge suffered two broken ribs when his Suzuki car hit a tree at the Whitemare Pool roundabout in South Tyneside. He admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that the 26-year-old had been out boozing with friends in Newcastle following the break-up of a relationship.

Angela Narey, prosecuting, said Routledge recorded a reading of 80mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than double the legal limit.

Routledge, of Hall Field Drive, Easington, was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay a criminal court charge of £150, plus prosecution costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.