Learner driver caught drink-driving after taking parents' Audi to play pool and buy dog food

A learner driver was stopped by police while more than twice the legal drink drive limit, a court has heard.

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 6:00 am

Dale Reap, of Etal Road, Tweedmouth, was pulled over in the Castle Terrace area of Berwick on February 6 due to his erratic driving, prosecutor James Long explained to the court.

Magistrates were told the 27-year-old provided a positive breath test and was taken to the Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend where he gave a sample measuring 79mg alc/100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court.

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Berwick Magistrates' Court.

He also admitted taking his parents’ Audi A1 without consent, driving without third party insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Magistrates heard the defendant had received a phone call asking him to make up a pool team’s numbers at a pub in Spittal.

“On the spur of the moment he went away with the vehicle,” said defence solicitor Ian O’Rourke. “He had a few pints while playing pool and was going home via a shop to buy dog food when a police officer driving behind him saw the vehicle straddle the central white lines and got him to stop.”

Mr O’Rourke added: “He really can’t explain what drove him to do this other than stupidity.”

He was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a fine and court costs totalling £372.