Road ban for senior teacher caught ‘swaying in driver’s seat’ after Christmas party

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A SENIOR teacher was slapped with a two-year driving ban after he was caught more than three times over the limit after his work Christmas party.

Another motorist called police after spotting David Frew’s Audi A3 being driven erratically on the A167 in Durham at 2.45am on December 20.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard police watched as the car travelled at 20mph and swerved from side to side before they pulled him over.

Paula Sanderson, prosecuting, said: “When the driver was spoken to, they found he was heavily intoxicated, confused and was swaying in the driver’s seat and he appeared sleepy.

“There was a strong smell of alcohol and he was arrested.”

When breathalysed, Frew’s lowest reading was 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Frew, 38, a married father of four-year-old twin boys, pleaded guilty to driving over the limit.

Stephanie Thompson, mitigating, said Frew was a head of faculty at his school and led its Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which meant children would miss out as a result of his actions.

She said his school has offered its support since he was charged.

Miss Thompson explained he had been to his work’s charity night out to celebrate Christmas, one of two nights out he enjoyed during the year, and had made alternative arrangements to get home, which fell through.

Frew, of Springwell Avenue, Durham, had driven around seven miles and was just 600 metres from his house when he was stopped.

In a statement to court, Frew told the bench he was ashamed, upset and felt he had let his wife and family down.

He said he had been tee-total since his arrest.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 24-month ban, and was offered the drink drive rehabilitation course, which would see six months deducted from his disqualification.

He was also fined £600 and told to pay costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.