Drink driver who knocked down traffic lights sold lager moments later



A Shiremoor garage is in hot water after selling a four-pack of Fosters to a driver who was so drunk, he hadn’t realised his airbags had gone off.

Andrew Peacock pulled onto the Shell forecourt in a battered Vauxhall Vectra which, moments earlier, had knocked a set of traffic lights over.

Shocked onlookers dialled 999 after watching the car “bouncing off the curbs” before driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

Yet despite “staggering” to the Shell garage’s hatch, staff served him the beer.

Police arrested Peacock before he could drive off and on Friday, the 41-year-old from Cullercoats was banned from driving for 22 months.

However, Northumbria Police want the New York Road garage to face repercussions for a sale they claim could have resulted in an accident.

“An employee of the garage has sold a drunk driver alcohol,” claims the force’s application for a review of the garage’s 24-hour alcohol licence.

“The employee has not sought to challenge the driver, either due to the intoxicated state or due to the condition of the vehicle.

“Had it not been for the actions of another member of the public ringing to report the driver prior to arriving at the garage and the attendance of the police…it is possible that a serious incident could have occurred.”

A report to North Tyneside Council reveals police were called shortly before midnight on June 11, with the 999 caller giving a “running commentary” about the chaos caused by Peacock before he eventually came to a stop.

“The driver exited the vehicle, went to the night hatch, and was described by the caller as staggering as he went,” adds the report.

When police arrived minutes later, a breath test revealed Peacock was more than twice the drink drive limit. He was arrested and the beer seized.

“The officers also noted the offending vehicles airbags had gone off, the front end of the vehicles was very badly damaged and the rear windscreen had been smashed,” continues the report, adding further checks revealed he had “taken out” the traffic lights.

“The officers asked the driver if he had been in an accident, he replied no.

“The driver was also not aware the airbags in the vehicles had been deployed.”

However, at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, Peacock, of John Street, was banned from the road after pleading guilty to an amended charge of driving with excess alcohol.

Northumbria Police has applied to the council to have the garage’s licence varied to possibly prohibit the sale of alcohol at night.

CCTV is expected to be played at the hearing, while photos of the vehicles will also be produced.

Representations for the review must be made to the council by October 8 .





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