Jesmond drink driver caught after attending lockdown breaking house party

A drink driving pupil by chance drove at a police officer when he bought behind the wheel after attending a house party.

Benjamin Southall, who was in his second 12 months learning biomedical science at college, claimed he bought in his car as a “prank” after he’d argued along with his girlfriend on the gathering, which was held when the North East was topic to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Patrolling police noticed the 19-year-old’s Skoda Citigo in an “uncommon angle” on Osborne Avenue, in Jesmond, and pulled over to talk with him, a court docket heard.

However, as one officer approached, Southall accelerated laborious and the car lunged ahead, nearly hitting the constable and forcing him to maneuver out the way in which.

Southall was pulled out of the automobile and admitted he had been consuming earlier than he failed a roadside breath take a look at.

He later gave a studying of 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the authorized restrict is 35.

Now, Southall, of Ashleigh Grove, in West Jesmond, has been fined £200 and banned from the roads for 20 months after he pleaded responsible to driving with extra alcohol.

Grace Taylor, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, mentioned police first observed Southall’s automobile at round 2.40am on December 6 final 12 months.

“The officers noticed a small automobile within the street forward at an uncommon angle within the street,” Miss Taylor continued. “The driver was this defendant and a feminine was reaching over him.

“The officers thought there had been an altercation, so that they pulled over and will see the engine of the automobile was nonetheless working.

“An officer has approached the car and the defendant accelerated and it lunges ahead. It nearly hit the officer however he bought out of the way in which.

“The officer pulled the defendant from the automobile.”

The court docket heard that Southall, who has no previous convictions, had been at a party at his girlfriend’s house along with her, her housemates and another males on the night time in query.

Michael Gibson, defending, mentioned Southall had deliberate to remain over however an argument erupted between him and his companion.

Mr Gibson mentioned: “He went to go an sit in his automobile to get away. His girlfriend thought he was going to drive the automobile away – that put the concept in his head.

“He pretended he was going to drive the automobile and was transferring the automobile in a parking house. Because of that, the automobile was protruding the entrance of the house.

“He remembers being there and being pulled from the automobile. He cannot dispute about what the officer mentioned about having to leap out the way in which. It’s unhealthy driving or unhealthy management of the clutch.”

Sentencing Southall, District Judge Paul Currer mentioned: “You have pleaded responsible to an offence that’s severe.

“Anyone who’s in charge of a automobile on the street whereas drunk, a lot to allow them to’t management the automobile, may be very harmful to different individuals.

“The truth you determined to do it as a prank was exceptionally harmful.”

Southall was additionally ordered to pay £85 prices and a £34 sufferer surcharge.



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