Man 'walked' dog while driving

A man who was caught 'walking' his dog while driving his car has lost his licence.

Paul Railton was found to be driving at 5mph with the window wound down as the pet walked alongside.

Police stopped the 23-year-old, from County Durham, after a cyclist reported the dog was being dragged along a country lane.

Mr Railton pleaded guilty to not being in proper control of the vehicle at Consett Magistrates' Court.

The incident occurred on December 4, 2009, in Stonyheap Lane, near Consett.

Sharon Lowrie, prosecuting, said: "The driver was hanging onto the dog's lead through the driver window, approaching a blind summit."

Railton was told to put the dog in the back of the car and was allowed to go, but five days later police turned up at his home to charge him.

The court confirmed that Railton, who is unemployed, was fined £66 and ordered to pay £43 costs and a legal surcharge of £15.

He had three penalty points added to his licence and, because he already had nine, this meant he was banned from driving for six months.

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