A dad is facing a driving ban after riding an e-scooter while drunk in a city centre.
Thomas Armstrong jumped onto the electric vehicle as a “joke” but was stopped when police saw him weaving in and out of pedestrians on Dean Street, in Newcastle.
The 29-year-old was asked if he’d had any booze, to which he replied “I’ve had a canny bit, like”, a court was told.
Armstrong was arrested after he failed a breathalyser, later giving a reading of 71 micrograms in 100ml of breath.
Now, the “joke” seems to have backfired on the father-of-three, of Chamberlain Street, in Crawcrook, Gateshead, after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving with excess alcohol at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
Despite admitting the offence, Armstrong will put forward a “special reasons argument” in an attempt to avoid a mandatory driving ban because he claims to have only travelled a short distance.
Prosecutor, Lesley Burgess, said officers were on duty on Dean Street, in the city centre, on May 22 this year.
She added: “Their attention is drawn to an orange electric scooter, which was driving towards the officers.
“They were worried about the manner of driving as it was weaving in and out of pedestrians. There was a male driver shouting.
“They tried to stop the male on the scooter but they had to do so by taking hold of him. He didn’t apply the brakes and was not going to stop.”
The court heard the officers could immediately smell alcohol and asked Armstrong how much he’d had to drink.
Representing himself, Armstrong claimed to have not known it was illegal to drive an e-scooter while over the limit and had only travelled a very short distance.
In a letter he read to magistrates, he said: “Please accept my deepest apologies for my conduct. There’s no reason for this behaviour and it is totally out-of-character.
“The reason for this letter is to express my sincere remorse for my actions.”
Armstrong said a “moment of tomfoolery” would cause him much embarrassment at work and at home.
The case was adjourned for a special reasons argument on July 14, when Armstrong will be sentenced and possibly be banned from the roads.
He was released on unconditional bail.