Gateshead plumber caught drink-driving while trying to escape Samurai swordsman at party

A Gateshead plumber could see his job go down the drain after being caught drink-driving to escape a Samurai swordsman.

Ethan Rae, 20, fled a party when a guest started swinging a blade and he feared he would be pressured into taking drugs.

But the poor state of wheels on his Seat Ibiza – and erratic driving – were seen by police as he headed home at 11.15pm on Monday, April 12.

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They pulled him over on the A183 at Shiney Row, near Sunderland – and a roadside breath test proved positive, a court heard.

Rae, of Sea View, Felling, Gateshead, is starting a 14-month road ban after pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

His solicitor told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court it was likely Rae’s conviction would cost him his employment.

Prosecutor Glenda Beck said: “An officer saw the defendant’s two offside tyres were both so flat that they were lying on their rims.

“The officer negotiated behind the Seat and became aware that the vehicle was being driven erratically. He indicated for the vehicle to stop.

“The defendant told the officer he had been drinking earlier. He seemed dazed and confused.”

Mrs Beck said a roadside breath test showed 47mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

But the level had risen to 51mcgs by the time of a later evidential police station test, she confirmed.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said: “He’d taken people who he loosely knew to a party. He was going to leave his car.

“Drugs were being pushed around, and someone he didn’t know was waving a Samurai sword around.

“He thought he would be pressured into taking drugs, and decided to take his car home.

“He’s a plumber by trade. He understands that his job will go straight away.

“The disqualification is likely to leave him losing his job, it will have a dramatic effect on him. It’s a salutary experience.”

Banning him from driving, Deputy District Judge Mark Daley told Rae: “As you know, the law is very strict in this area.”

Judge Daley also fined him £275 with £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

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