Ballymena Court hears police spotted vehicle being driven without lights on … and then alcohol was detected from driver

POLICE attention was drawn to a vehicle being driven without lights on and when officers spoke to the driver they detected alcohol.

Alan Dodridge (68), a retired electrician, had an alcohol in breath reading of 82 – the legal limit is 35 – Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

The offence was detected at 7.20pm on October 3 this year at Circular Road, Larne.

Defence solicitor Kevin MacAllister said a bulb had blown on the vehicle and said the lights usually came on automatically on the vehicle.

He said the defendant had a few glasses of wine earlier and thought it was OK to later go to Tesco.

The defendant was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £300.

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