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A drink-driver has been banned from the roads for four years af­ter his BMW de­mol­ished the front of a Sun­der­land home in a crash.

Regi­nald Con­lin was al­most three times the le­gal limit when his car ploughed into the cot­tage in Forster Street, Roker, early on Au­gust 27.

Po­lice, fire crews and am­bu­lances were called to the scene just af­ter 6am, af­ter 31-year-old Con­lin’s 63-reg BMW crashed through the brick wall and into the liv­ing room.

Mirac­u­lously, no one was in­jured in the smash.

House­holder Ed­mond Ham­mond had been brush­ing his teeth when the car struck his home.

Mr Ham­mond, 75, said: “I heard some noise and came through and two blokes were walk­ing through my pas­sage say­ing ‘are you all right?’.

“I came to the front door and saw a car half­way in­side in my win­dow.”

A woman neigh­bour, whose car was struck be­fore the BMW crashed into Mr Ham­mond’s home, said: “He was lucky he hasn’t killed any­one.”

Po­lice re­moved the driver from the BMW. He was led away in hand­cuffs, and was said to be wear­ing noth­ing but a pair of women’s py­jama bot­toms at the time.

Con­lin, of East Vines, in the East End of the city, ad­mit­ted driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol and with­out third­party in­sur­ance when he ap­peared at Sun­der­land Mag­is­trates’ Court.

He was found to have 99 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath – the le­gal limit be­ing 35.

District Judge Roger Elsey sentenced him to an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der, with 200 hours’ un­paid work, and told him to take part in the drink-im­paired driv­ers’ pro­gramme and com­plete up to 10 days of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment.

Judge Elsey dis­qual­i­fied Con­lin from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cence for four years and told him to pay £85 costs and a £85 sur­charge.

“I came to the front and saw a car half­way in­side my win­dow” ED­MOND HAM­MOND

Fire crews at the crash in Forster Street, Roker, Sun­der­land.

The dam­age to the house.

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