Jail time for driver

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A DRIVER said to have shown “utter contempt” for the courts, has been jailed for eight months.

Tony Westgarth was locked up for his fourth offence of drink-driving – the last three committed while serving driving bans.

Westgarth, 25, of Fleming Field, Shotton Colliery, admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Durham Crown Court heard Westgarth gave a breath test reading of 86 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 – when arrested in January.

Stuart Graham, for Westgarth, said: “He obviously has a problem with drink and when he drinks, he makes irrational decisions.”