Banned from driving after midnight crash

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

A former One North East board member has lost his licence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Ian Brown, 47, was two-and-a-half times the legal limit when he crashed into two cars on Greensfield Avenue, Alnwick, in the early hours of July 19.

Car accident on Greensfield Avenue in Alnwick.

Car accident on Greensfield Avenue in Alnwick.

At Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Brown, of Greensfield Farm Cottages, Alnwick, was banned from driving for 17 months and fined £110.

Prosecutor Jonathan Moore told the court that a resident found Brown in his Ford Fiesta, which was lying on its side.

The court heard that his car crashed into a Rover which was then pushed into a Ford Mondeo before the Fiesta came to a stop on its side. It also hit two walls.

Mr Moore said: “Police spoke to the defendant and he smelt of intoxicants and spoke with slurred speech. As he walked he was unsteady on his feet and fell over.”

Magistrates were told that Brown had been drinking in The Plough in Alnwick prior to the collision.

Brown said the offence was ‘completely out of character’.

He said: “I am ashamed of my conduct and unreservedly express regret and I am thankful no one suffered.”

He added: “I was someone who had been a high achiever but I have recently undergone significant life-changing events.”

Brown added that his marriage had broken down after 20 years, he had lost hisa farm business and had had to write off investments.

He was also ordered to pay £60 costs and charges.”