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Drunk motorist drove wrong way on A690 after drinking session at hotel

Entrance into Ramside Hall Hotel coming from the direction of Durham
Entrance into Ramside Hall Hotel coming from the direction of Durham
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A drink driver turned into the path of oncoming cars after leaving a hotel in the early hours.

Paul Robinson was apprehended by an off-duty police officer after his VW Golf came to a stop when it hit the grass verge of the A690 outside Ramside Hall in Carrville.

He went to speak to him and said he appeared drunk and he observed him until police arrived.

Alison Howey

The 50-year-old had been warned the incident, which happened when he was more than three times over the drink-drive limit, was so serious he could have faced a custodial sentence.

Now, he has been banned from the roads for 30 months.

Robinson, of Derwent Street, Easington Lane, pleaded guilty to drink driving on Saturday, July 25, when he had 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 militres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Alison Howey, prosecuting, said the incident happened at 2.45am as he turned onto the eastbound carriageway.

“An off-duty police officer observed him driving along the carriageway in the wrong direction at a very low speed and the vehicle collided with the nearside kerb and grass verge,” said Miss Howey.

“He went to speak to him and said he appeared drunk and he observed him until police arrived.”

Mike Simpson, mitigating, asked the bench to offer him the drink-drive rehabilitation course, which would allow Robinson to keep his job.

He added he would offer no further mitigation if magistrates agreed with suggestions proposed in a probation report.

In addition to his road ban, Robinson was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement of 20 days, the drink-drive rehabilitation course and ordered to pay costs of £85, criminal court costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £60.