Driver prosecuted for overtaking four cars at once
61-year-old Kenneth McKay was arrested after officers took down his registration number and later visited him at his home.
McKay, of South Shields, initially pleaded not guilty though soon returned to court to admit the offence rather than stand trial.
Justin Gibson, prosecuting, told the court: "It was 5.10pm when he was first seen on Newcastle Road heading towards Cleadon from Sunderland.
"Officers noticed a car behind driving in excess of the 40mph limit and overtaking several vehicles in one manoeuvre.
"The defendant's car was right behind the one in front and he was straddling both lanes of traffic.
"At Cleadon Village, the car overtook about four vehicles, including the police car, while driving on the other side of the road beyond a bollard separating the lanes."
In mitigation, McKay's legal representative said: "He overtook a number of cars at speed. It was inappropriate, but there was never anything close to a collision.
"No one had to take evasive action to get out of his way – this is careless, not dangerous, driving."
McKay was given six penalty points, fined £240 and ordered to pay £124 in costs and victim surcharges by magistrates.