A MAN told to ‘sleep it off’ in a car after falling out with his girlfriend was caught by police after he got cold and attempted to drive home drunk in the middle of the night.
Michael Simpson, 25, who has only a provisional driving licence, was seen by police walking along the A183 at 12.45am on December 29, Sunderland Magistrates heard.
Prosecutor John McGlone said officers noticed he had the keys to a VW Passat which was parked nearby and advised him not to drive it as he was drunk.
Fifty minutes later, at about 1.35am the same officers saw the Passat driving towards them in Mill Terrace, Herrington Burn.
Simpson, a roofer, pulled up and stopped next to the police car. He was placed in the back and gave a positive breath test.
He was arrested and found to have 75mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35mg in breath. Simpson, of Harwood Drive, Fence Houses, admitted drink-driving, having no licence and no insurance.
Simpson was banned from driving for 17 months and fined £130 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.