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Banned driver was over limit

A banned driver who crashed his father's Mercedes after a booze binge was jailed for three months.

Lee Convey, 22, had more than three times the permitted amount of alcohol in his breath when he was found behind the wheel of the car.

He had crashed into a lamp-post after smashing into several parked cars.

Claire Thomas son, prosecuting at Bedlington Magistrates' Court, said Convey, of Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland, was found in the driver's seat of the crashed car at 3am on September 7.

Officers who found him noticed that as well as damage to the doors and wheels of the Mercedes, a lamp-post and other cars in the street were also damaged.

When they carried out a breath test, Convey was more than three times the drink-drive limit.

He also admitted damaging the lamp-post and other vehicles in Linden Way, Ponteland.

Magistrates heard Convey admit driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and failing to answer bail at an earlier hearing.

Graham Crouth, mitigating, said Convey had failed to answer his bail because he feared he would be sent to prison.

He was "deeply ashamed" and now totally abstains from drink.

As well as jailing Convey for three months, magistrates banned him from driving for three years.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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