Romanian man banned for drink driving after going the wrong way down Sunderland street in rules mix-up

A Romanian man banned from driving after going the wrong way down a street while under the influence of alcohol claimed he got mixed up over British driving rules.

Cosmin Mirea, 34, admitted drink driving when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Mirea, who gave his address as Lime Grove, Birmingham, was spotted by police officers driving down the wrong lane in Vine Place, Sunderland, on October 6 and was stopped.

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He was breath tested and found to have 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, with the limit being 35.

Vine Place, Sunderland. Picture c/o Google Streetview

Mirea was fined £692 and banned from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 cost and a £69 victim surcharge.