Drink-drive student blames sat nav after causing commuter chaos

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A drink-driver who brought Manchester's Metrolink tram network to a standstill after getting his car stuck on the tracks, has blamed his sat nav for the error.

Peng Yue claimed that he had been following his car's navigation device when he drove his BMW onto an elevated section of track near Manchester Central railway station.

His error caused widespread delays, as the Metrolink was forced to suspend services while the vehicle was removed.

However, the true cause of his confusion was discovered after police officers breathalysed the 26-year-old student and found him to be nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Tina Cunnane, prosecuting, told Manchester Magistrates' Court: "He became disoriented and began to drive up the tram tracks," Manchester Evening News reports.

"As he did so, his vehicle became wedged on the tracks and he became stuck. That caused the tram network to come to a halt."

Yue's defence told the court that he had consumed alcohol for the first time in over a year, after giving up drinking following a previous driving ban.

"He realises the danger he caused to himself, his passenger and the public in Manchester city centre, bearing in mind the disruption caused," his representative said.

Yue pleaded guilty to drink driving, though magistrates criticised him for not "learning his lesson" after being convicted of the offence for the third time in eight years.

The accountancy undergraduate, who is originally from Beijing, was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £215 in fines and court costs.