Problem driver caught drink driving in Sunderland

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SPEEDING away from a petrol station landed an East Durham man in court.

Jordan Conlin was stopped after pulling away from the Esso garage in Durham Road, Sunderland, shortly before 2am on August 10.

When police spotted him, they pulled the 23-year-old’s Peugeot over and found he was over the drink-drive limit. Conlin, from Seaham, gave a breath test reading of 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett told the court that Conlin had previous convictions for aggravated vehicle taking, and driving otherwise than in accordance, which date back to 2008.

Orla Davey, defending 23-year-old Conlin, said he had written a letter explaining what his life was like at the time of the offence.

She said: “He is working at the moment.

“He recognises that he will lose his licence and that will have some effect on his family.

“He refers to his partner’s daughter, who does have regular hospital visits, and the family will have to make alternative arrangements.”

Conlin, of Essex Crescent, was fined £150 and will lose his licence for 20 months. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £25 victim surcharge.