A drink driver must wait to learn his fate after his wife reported him to police when he crashed her car into a lamppost.

Christopher Eddy was more than three times over the drink drive limit when he was breathalysed following the crash earlier this month.

The 47-year-old was driving in Darlington when he drove into the lamppost before returning home, Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard.

Liz McGowan, prosecuting, said: “His wife reported that he was drink driving after he crashed her car into a lamppost.

“She explained that he was driving along Clifton Road when he crashed before returning home where he continued drinking.”

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Eddy, of Hammond Drive, Darlington, pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit through drink on February 9 at around 9pm when he had 109mg of alcohol in 100ml of his breath.

Stephen Hamill, mitigating, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity when he appeared in court.

David Shallow, the chairman of the magistrates’ bench adjourned sentencing to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be compiled.

Eddy will return to the same court on March 13 to be sentenced.