A BMW driver whose erratic manoeuvres caught the attention of patrolling police officers has been banned from driving.

James Richardson was spotted driving through a town centre when he was heading home after a night out with friends.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard how the 45-year-old senior project manager clipped the kerb and made erratic use of his indicators in the early hours of March 2.

Liz McGowan, prosecuting, said: “The police officer sees a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner, he activates his blue lights and sirens but the driver doesn’t stop for quite a while.

“He hits a kerb and his erratic use of his indicators is a concern to the officer. He does eventually come to a stop and he is the only person in the vehicle.”

The court hears how his breathalyser test shows he is almost three times the legal drink driving limit.

Ms McGowan said the defendant has a similar previous offence from more than 20 years ago and was banned from driving on that occasion.

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Richardson, of Minster Walk, Hurworth, near Darlington, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

District Judge Steven Wood banned the defendant from driving for 26 months.

He said: “You say you have little recollection of that night which is a concern for me.”

Richardson was fined £1,312 and ordered to pay a further £610 in court charges.