A gas engineer has been banned from driving after his company car called 999 as he drove over the limit. Alan McShane was over the line as he returned home after a night out following Newcastle United’s win over Arsenal on May 16, 2022. At a hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Monday, McShane pleaded guilty to drove down New Bridge Street with a blood alcohol content. level of 110 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath – more than three times the legal limit.
The 37-year-old was driving a Mercedes EQC belonging to the company he works for, which called emergency services after his crash as he exited the Central Freeway, the court heard. According to information from ChronicleLive, prosecutor Sarah Malkinson said, “On the morning of Tuesday, May 17, officers were called to the scene of a collision with a vehicle on the Central Freeway off-ramp. A vehicle had collided with surrounding street furniture.
Arriving at the scene, she said they found paramedics and firefighters on the scene, with McShane standing in their midst. She added: ‘He identified himself as the driver of the vehicle. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol and that the accused was mumbling and therefore asked him to provide a breath sample. McShane was taken to hospital for a check-up after the crash, where he fell asleep while being seen by medics.
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Mitigating on McShane’s behalf, Michael Henderson said he had no prior convictions and was “essentially a hardworking man who, on the night in question, made a material mistake”. He said the qualified gas engineer worked as a senior manager for a heating company which serves large organisations, including Newcastle City Council. He added that due to a shortage of engineers, McShane had worked hard and before the incident “couldn’t remember the last time he had a day off”, and hadn’t planning to get drunk that night.
He said: “He went to work on Monday morning, he worked all day, it’s the old story of nothing to eat, very little to drink, and the plan of action was to go to town, get a meal, watch the game on TV and drive home He drove into town in a company Mercedes vehicle, he was not worried when he parked as he was going to take him home …
“The people he met didn’t want to go out to eat, so he had a drink, and in the early hours of the morning he knew he had to drive the car to work, he was afraid to leave it parked there because she was it’s not his vehicle He made a mistake – ’15 mins to get home to Wallsend’ is what he thought, ‘I’ll get the car’ Obviously his judgment had been affected by the alcohol he had consumed.
He said the collision happened after McShane cut into the curb and the car’s airbags deployed. Mr Henderson added: “[T]The next thing was there was a voice, part of the security system, saying ‘we called the emergency services, are you okay?’ He didn’t know what was going on… The paramedics arrived, I think they must have been called by the system.
He said McShane immediately admitted to being the driver of the car when police arrived. ChroncicleLive reports that he said he was sorry for his actions and had “learned a hard lesson”. McShane, of Sunholme Drive, Wallsend, was fined £1,500 plus further costs of £230 and banned from driving for 25 months, with the option of reducing the 25-week ban by following a driving rehabilitation course.
Chairman of the Magistrates Stephen Cape told him: “We have decided not to involve probation at this stage because we take into account your early guilty plea, the fact that you have no previous convictions and that you show remorse. This opposes the [alcohol] reading which is in the middle of the group and also to some extent the accident, it didn’t involve anyone else but you bumped into the curb.
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