Drunk driver sank lager and vodka before getting behind the wheel

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A DRUNK driver who got behind the wheel after a night of sinking lager and vodka has been banned from driving for four years.

Police in an unmarked car followed Michael Errington’s Audi A3 after seeing it speeding on Prince Edward Road in South Shields at 5.45am on May 4.

Zeena Begum, prosecuting at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said that when the 28-year-old stopped at the Nook to go to a cashpoint, the officers spoke to him and realised he was drunk.

They arrested Errington, of Myrtle Grove, Whitburn, who then confessed to having a bag of cocaine on him as he sat in the police car and told officers he had been drinking vodka and lager since 8pm the night before.

A breath test showed he had 93mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mg.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving and possessing a Class A-drug.

The court heard Errington was also convicted of drink-driving in 2008.

Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “He drank to excess but thought he was fine to drive. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.”

Errington was also fined £700 and told to pay a £70 victim surcharge and £85 costs.