A SENIOR councillor at the centre of a drink-driving investigation was today suspended from the Labour Party.Coun Eddie McAtominey was arrested after a crash in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, on Monday night.
He is one of the longest-serving members of South Tyneside Council, and the borough's representative on Northumbria Police Authority,
Coun McAtominey, representative for Hebburn South, was heading towards his home in Sullivan Walk, Hebburn, when he was involved in what police called "a minor crash."
He was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, and taken to South Shields police station.
Coun McAtominey today denied the allegations and said he'd 'fight' them.
But this afternoon, Neil Fleming, spokesman for Labour North, said: "As of this morning, Coun Eddie McAtominey has been suspended from the Labour Party.
"That means he can hold no office within the party until the investigation is complete."