A man who saved up £1,100 of his benefits to buy an off-road motorbike ended up seriously injured in hospital when he crashed it while drunk.
Nicholas Hutchinson had been drinking the previous night when he struck a manhole cover while riding his green Kawasaki KX trials motorcycle at Hendon cliffs.
He bought the bike six weeks prior for £1,100. He had saved his ESA for a long timeIan Jordan, defence solicitor
The 31-year-old was flung from the unregistered bike during the incident on June 7, and still suffers from pain nearly four months on, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor John McGlone said police were called to a collision on the promenade in Hendon at 5.40pm.
Officers walked along the footpath and helped moved the bike away from Hutchinson, who was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Officers could smell alcohol on his breath, but did not arrest him due to his injuries, Mr McGlone said.
Instead he was given a blood test, which showed he had 101mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80.
Hutchinson, of Windemere Street, Grangetown, admitted drink-driving and driving without a licence or insurance.
Ian Jordan, defending, said Hutchinson had been drinking with relatives until late the previous night, before getting up at 7am to travel to a motorcycle cross facility in Stanley.
The bike was transported in the back of a van, he said.
However, on the way back Hutchinson was dropped off with the bike and decided to ride it home along Hendon cliffs, “because he wouldn’t get into trouble there”.
“He’s hit a raised manhole cover and come off the bike and suffered quite bad in juries,” Mr Jordan said.
Mr Jordan said Hutchinson claims employment and support allowance (ESA) because of a heart condition that is being investigated.
“He bought the bike six weeks prior for £1,100,” Mr Jordan said. “He had saved his ESA for a long time.
“The bike was seized by the police and he doesn’t have any desire to get it back, so he has been left significantly out of pocket.”
He was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £140. He was also told to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and £150 criminal courts charge.