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South Shields driver caught over the limit after boozing with pals while planning fishing trip

A South Tyneside motorist was caught over the limit after boozing with pals while planning a fishing trip.

Anthony Cook, 59, of Bamburgh Avenue, South Shields, drank five cans of John Smith’s beer during a chat to plot their holiday, magistrates heard.

But his poor standard of driving through County Durham on his way home on Friday, August 13, was seen by an off-duty policeman.

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When Cook pulled over to use a toilet at a service station at Burnmoor, and was spoken to by the officer, he replied, “This is all b*******”.

Prosecutor Glenda Beck said the PC dialled 999 and on-duty back-up arrived, with a breath test giving a positive booze reading.

She told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “The off-duty officer was driving in the Stanley area.

“He saw a Nissan being driven at about 30mph and weaving around the carriageway.

“He was concerned it was going to crash and that the driver was under the influence of drink or drugs.

“The driver stopped at a red traffic signal and when it turned to green, he failed to move off.

“He did move off but stopped in the middle of a roundabout for about fifteen seconds.”

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A police officer preparing a breathalyser test (Image: PA)





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