Stuart Michael Trotter, of Pinewood Avenue, Harraton, was jailed for 12 weeks when he appeared before Newcastle Magistrates Court.
Trotter, 43, admitted driving with excess alcohol, using a vehicle without insurance and driving while disqualified.
The court heard Trotter had been stopped by police after driving on the A1(M) at Leeming Bar in November.
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A test revealed an alcohol reading of 46 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Magistrates jailed Trotter on the basis that he had defied a disqualification which had only recently been imposed and handed him a further driving ban of 21 months.