A drink driving student accidentally drove at a police officer when he got behind the wheel after attending a house party.
Benjamin Southall, who was in his second year studying biomedical science at university, claimed he got in his vehicle as a "prank" after he'd argued with his girlfriend at the gathering, which was held when the North East was subject to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.
Patrolling police saw the 19-year-old's Skoda Citigo in an "unusual angle" on Osborne Avenue, in Jesmond, and pulled over to speak with him, a court heard.
However, as one officer approached, Southall accelerated hard and the vehicle lunged forward, almost hitting the constable and forcing him to move out the way.
Southall was pulled out of the car and admitted he had been drinking before he failed a roadside breath test.
He later gave a reading of 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the legal limit is 35.
Now, Southall, of Ashleigh Grove, in West Jesmond, has been fined £200 and banned from the roads for 20 months after he pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Grace Taylor, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, said police first noticed Southall's car at around 2.40am on December 6 last year.
"The officers saw a small car in the road ahead at an unusual angle in the road," Miss Taylor continued. "The driver was this defendant and a female was reaching over him.
"The officers thought there had been an altercation, so they pulled over and could see the engine of the car was still running.
"An officer has approached the vehicle and the defendant accelerated and it lunges forward. It almost hit the officer but he got out of the way.
"The officer pulled the defendant from the car."
The court heard that Southall, who has no past convictions, had been at a party at his girlfriend's house with her, her housemates and some other males on the night in question.
Michael Gibson, defending, said Southall had planned to stay over but an argument erupted between him and his partner.
Mr Gibson said: "He went to go an sit in his car to get away. His girlfriend thought he was going to drive the car away - that put the idea in his head.
"He pretended he was going to drive the car and was moving the car in a parking space. Because of that, the car was sticking out the front of the space.
"He remembers being there and being pulled from the car. He can't dispute about what the officer said about having to jump out the way. It's bad driving or bad control of the clutch."
Sentencing Southall, District Judge Paul Currer said: "You have pleaded guilty to an offence that is serious.
"Anyone who is in control of a car on the road while drunk, so much so they can't control the car, is very dangerous to other people.
"The fact you decided to do it as a prank was exceptionally dangerous."
Southall was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.