Police called to Sunderland hotel after man 'thrown out'

A man has been banned from driving for three years – and for the second time - for getting behind the wheel of his car after being thrown out of a hotel.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:50 am

Liam Humes, 31, jumped into his Renault Scenic motor after being given the boot from the Roker Hotel, Sunderland, on Sunday, December 1, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Police were called to Roker Terrace and a breath test revealed Humes, of Wigeon Close, Ayton, Washington, had 62mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told the court: “The facts of the case are very straightforward. He is at the Roker Hotel. He is being escorted from the premises and says that he’s not leaving without his car.

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The case was dealt with in South Shields at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

“Police arrive and he’s around twice the drink-drive limit. He chose to make no reply in interview.”

Magistrates were told Humes had been given a three-year ban for drink-driving in 2014.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “He said that he was out and having drinks. They threw him out and he had no means of getting home.

“He had a three-year ban in 2014. He’s always complied with what the court have said to him.”

Mr Smith said Humes does not respond well to stressful situations, something he insisted he found himself in at the hotel.

He added: “He believes that at that stage he had no other choice because he couldn’t think past his immediate problem.”

Humes, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving, was also fined £276 and must pay £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.