Drunk son wrote off his mum’s car

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A LORRY driver has lost his job after he got behind the wheel of his mother’s car while drunk and partially demolished a garden wall.

After the early-morning crash, on December 28, dad-of-one Alan Bate made off on foot from the crash scene in Peasemore Road, Pennywell, Sunderland Magistrates heard.

Prosecutor John McGlone said police searched the area after being alerted to the collision at 5.45am and located the 27-year-old.

Officers also found the keys to Bate’s mother’s black Peugeot 207, which he had thrown into a garden in Hylton Road.

He was arrested and taken to Southwick Police Station, where he was found to have 102mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35mg in breath.

Bate, of Pennycross Road, Pennywell, admitted drink-driving.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said Bate, who has no previous convictions, lost his job as a lorry driver as a result of the incident, but had found work in a call centre.

“It was a Saturday night and he went out with friends. He had quite a good evening and in the early hours of the morning, in a moment of madness, he doesn’t know why he got behind the wheel of the car, he doesn’t even know where he was going.

“He has hit a wall and caused damaged and walked away from the accident, then thrown the keys away in a panic. He knows how lucky he has been. He literally got to the end of the road and he has caused damage to the wall and his mother’s car. He realised things could have been worse.

“You can only imagine the grief he got from his mother after he took her vehicle through a wall and effectively wrote it off.”

Bate was sentenced to a three-month community order with a tagged night-time curfew for the duration. He was banned from driving for 23 months and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.