The following cases were heard by District Judge Christina Harrison sitting at Darlington Magistrates’ Court:
CAR DAMAGED: Liam David Stones, 21, of Greenbank Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a parked car on January 8. Witnesses saw Stone walk past the car, which belonged to a stranger, and snap the rear windscreen wiper off. When arrested, he told police in interview he was “intoxicated and in a foul mood”. Judge Harrison gave his a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay compensation of £20, costs of £40 and a £15 victim surcharge.
DRINK DRIVING: Armani Nicholson, 24, of Hundens Lane, Darlington, admitted driving while above the alcohol limit. She was stopped by police after they witnessed her mount the pavement while trying to park on Yarm Road, Darlington, on February 13. Nicholson was fined £110 and disqualified from driving for 16 months. She must also pay £40 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
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SHOP THEFTS: Barry Hutchinson, 45, of Waverley Terrace, Darlington, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft from a shop. On September 19 last year he stole four joints of pork worth £40 from Asda and four cans of deodorant from Co-op, worth £13.16. He received a 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay compensation to both stores, £40 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
DRUG POSSESSION: Fred Patterson, 46, of Gladstone Street, Darlington, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug, amphetamine. A six month community order with supervision to help Patterson address his drug use was imposed and a £60 victim surcharge. The drugs were forfeited and destroyed.
DRUNK DRIVER: Michelle Savage, 32, of Haughton Road, Darlington, admitted driving while almost twice the alcohol limit on February 8. She was arrested by police after crashing while on St Cuthbert’s Road, in the town centre. Savage was fined £110 and disqualified from driving for 16 months. She must also pay £40 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.