Drunk driver crashed mother’s car – after trying to make up with his wife

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A DRIVER crashed his mother’s car as he drove home drunk after an attempt to reconcile with his wife.

John McKenna drove his Nissan Micra from Doxford Park to his home in Aberdare Road, Farringdon, on April 6, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said neighbours rang police after hearing a loud bang at 1.20am. He had smashed into a parked Vauxhall Corsa.

He admitted drink-driving after testing 188mg in breath – the legal limit being 35.

Ian Cassidy, defending, said: “This was completely out of character. His life fell apart when he split from his wife. He does not intend to find himself before the court again.

McKenna was given a 12-month community order and 40 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for 26 months and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.