Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drink-Drive Motorist Goes Wrong Way on A1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drink-Drive Motorist Goes Wrong Way on A1

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

ASTUDENT who was more than twice the drink drive limit drove eight miles the wrong way down the A1, a court has heard.

Scott Bartram's early-morning danger drive was only brought to an end when he came head-on with a police car, causing him to stop.

A court heard the 20-year-old had been on a night out in Newcastle when he took his car on the A1 in the dark.

The aircraft engineering student had been travelling north until getting lost in the Stannington area and deciding to turn around and head back south.

But he managed to end up travelling south on the northbound carriageway and drove around eight miles until he was stopped by police near the Kingston Park turn-off.

Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard police received a report that a Vauxhall Corsa vehicle was driving the wrong way down the dual carriageway in the early hours of November 16. Officers headed northbound on A1 until they came across Bartram heading straight towards them in the fast lane.

Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said police swerved in front of Bartram in a bid to get him to stop.

He told the court: "At 2.36am, officers were on duty in a fullymarked police car. At this time, they received information in relation to a vehicle travelling southbound but on the northbound carriageway of the A1, near to Stannington.

"The officers joined the A1 near the Kingston Park turn-off and travelled northbound.

"They soon noticed a vehicle travelling towards them in the fast lane. It had its main beam illuminated and didn't appear to slow down.

"The officers swerved the police car to try and get the car to stop. The car did then stop. It stopped immediately in front of the patrol car.

"One of the officers got out and spoke to the driver but as he approached the car began to move off in an attempt to avoid the police car. The officer shouted for the driver to stop, which he did. Officers spoke to the driver and it was apparent he was drunk."

Bartram was arrested and taken to a police station, where he gave a lower reading on the breath test of 76 microgrammes of alcohol, in 100mls of breath, the legal limit being 35 microgrammes. …

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