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.