Drink driver arrested when his own Mercedes called 999 after car crash

A bloke has been handed a 25-month driving ban after his own car called the cops on him following a drink driving incident.

Alan McShane, 37, was found to be more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when officers intercepted his crashed car.

The Mercedes EQC had notified authorities of the incident after it registered the collision.

McShane, an engineer from Newcastle, had spent a night out watching his hometown club beat Arsenal before the incident happened, Newcastle Magistrate's Court heard.

Prosecutor Sarah Malkinson explained that police officers arrived at the scene where McShane identified himself as the driver.

She continued: "The officer noticed the smell of alcohol and that the defendant was mumbling and therefore asked him to provide a sample of breath."

Alcohol tests at the scene revealed McShane has 110 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, with the legal limit set at 35 microgrammes.

Michael Henderson, mitigating, said McShane was a "hard-working man" who "made a significant mistake," adding that the engineer "could not remember the last time he had a day off".

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Henderson said that McShane had planned to have some food and then watch the match, but "the people he met didn't want to go for food, so he had a drink" and was concerned that he'd have to leave the company car in town since it wasn't his.

The collision, which is said to have occurred after McShane clipped the kerb and triggered the car's airbags, saw the car automatically notify the emergency services, LADBible reported.

Henderson added that a voice that was "part of the safety system," called out saying "we've called emergency services, are you alright?" and that McShane "didn't know what was going on."

McShane pleaded guilty to driving over the legal limit and was handed a £1,500 fine and other costs of £230, as well as a driving ban of 25 months which can be reduced to 25 weeks through a drink drive rehabilitation course.

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