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Man in court after roadside romance is interrupted by police in Darlington
A MAN found drunk in his car wearing “little more than a blanket” was on a romantic date, a court heard today (Tuesday October 29).
Wayne Mark Seal, 43, and his girlfriend had their roadside romance interrupted by police on Wednesday, October 16.
The courting couple were in the back seat of Seal’s vehicle - parked in a car park adjacent to the A67 Coniscliffe Road in Darlington – when they attracted the attention of officers.
Alcohol was found in the car and Seal ended up before magistrates after failing a breath test.
Darlington Magistrates Court heard that Seal had intended to spend the night with his girlfriend at the riverside location and had no intention of drink-driving.
Graham Hunsley, mitigating, said: “They parked up by the river and had taken some drinks along and there they were with a blanket in the back of the car – wearing little other than that blanket, I have got to say – with no intention of driving.
“He had consumed drink after they got there and they had been there for about five hours at the time police saw them.”
He said Seal – who “let his mouth run away with him” when interviewed by officers at the scene – was not proud of his behaviour and was embarrassed at the situation.
Seal had his licence endorsed with ten penalty points and was ordered to pay a fine of £73, and costs of £105 after pleading guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit.
Chair of the bench, Lynette Harrison, did not disqualify Seal – of Skirlaw Road, Newton Aycliffe – from driving, saying: “This is a serious offence but we have heard that you had no intention of driving and that you had other things on your mind that evening.”