A drink-driver who live streamed her chase with police around Sunderland has been banned from the roads. 

Sophie Ross, 23, was under the influence of both drink and drugs when she hopped behind the wheel of a Fiat Punto in her dressing gown on December 15.

When police spotted her and tried to pull her over, Ross, who was also unlicensed and uninsured, refused to stop and led officers on a chase around the streets of Town End while streaming it on Snapchat.

When officers finally caught her she became verbally abusive and had to be restrained before being taken in to custody.

A breathalyser recorded 73 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of her breath – the legal limit is 35.

Ross, of Benfleet Avenue, Sunderland, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to failing to stop and driving while over the limit, uninsured and unlicensed.

She was disqualified from driving and given a community order of 60 hours' unpaid work. 

Constable Steven Hackett, from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “Just this week we pledged our support to a road safety campaign launched by the National Police Chief’s Council – and it’s incidents like this which show us why it is so important we continue to do this.

“This incident happened near a busy street where people were shopping and going for takeaway food close to Christmas so the outcome could have been very different for members of the public and for Ross.

“We know all too well driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have grave consequences and can cause serious injury and can even kill.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel this Christmas, or any other time of year – after a heavy night out, or a few too many – it’s simply not worth it.

“The best you can expect is to lose your licence and be hauled in front of the courts.”