Washington pub boss banned for drink driving

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A PUB landlord has been banned from the roads after he was caught drink-driving.

Peter Kennedy, publican of the Sandpiper in Washington, was stopped by police in Fatfield Road in the early hours of February 3.

Officers noticed he smelt of booze and the 56-year-old failed a breath test, with a reading of 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said Kennedy told police he had two pints before getting behind the wheel of the black Chevrolet.

Chris Wilson, defending, said Kennedy had drunk a pint of beer during his shift at the pub in Biddick, then had another two halves.

He said: “He had not appreciated when he got into his vehicle that he was over the limit.

“He was fully compliant with the breath test procedure.”

Kennedy, of Quarry Lane, South Shields, was banned from driving for 22 months, fined £250 and must pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.