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An elderly drink driver was caught after he was spotted driving too "carefully" in a Northumberland town.
Police followed Andrew Fenny, 70, when they saw him doing 20mph in a 30mph zone in Bedlington one evening in February this year.
The pensioner then parked-up near his home in Rowan Close but was stopped by the officers and breathalysed, a court heard.
Fenny was arrested after he failed the test and later gave a reading of 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
And he has now been banned from the roads for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving with excess alcohol at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court.
Fenny's solicitor, Steve Chambers, said he first came to the attention of the officers for driving too "carefully" on February 24.
When I used to knock around Bedlington with a few mates from Westridge we knew how to amuse ourselves. Knowing how to hockle well was a talent worth cultivating. Harry Wilson was the undisputed master. He knew how to howk up a pellet of phlegm, shape it to give it just the right heft and aerodynamics and propel it over an amazingly long distance with impressive accuracy. Once lying around on the grass at the tennis courts behind Holymount Square I saw him, from a sitting position, his back against the high chain link fence around the tennis courts, unleash a spectacular hockle straight up into the air and backwards over the fence onto the tennis court. We knew how to have a good time.