Recovery driver caught over the limit

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A RECOVERY driver has been banned from the roads after police caught him drink-driving.

Michael John Harrison’s Land Rover was swerving in the road on his way home from a wedding reception when officers spotted him.

The 54-year-old was almost three times the drink-drive limit and has been banned from driving for 23 months and fined £500.

It means he will not be able to operate his business, recovering vehicles on behalf of the police and the public.

Harrison, who had never been in trouble before, was stopped at 11.50pm on Friday, February 28, near his home in Gray Road, Hendon, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Police were made aware of a potential drunk-driver and saw the vehicle driving somewhat erratically, narrowly missing parked vehicles.”

Harrison was stopped and found to have 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35. He admitted drink driving when he appeared in court.

Defence solicitor Allan Devine said it was the first time in two years that Harrison had drunk as he did not want to jeopardise his driving licence.

Harrison was also told to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.