Car was driving ‘erratically’ in Ballymena area and when police spoke to motorist he was slurring his speech

Ballymena Court

POLICE received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically in the Ballymena area and when officers spotted it parked outside a shop the driver was slurring his speech and was slow to act to instructions.

Dylan Curran, a chef, admitted charges of driving whilst unfit; driving without due care and attention and possession of cannabis.

The offences were detected on June 3 this year in the Galgorm area.

Police noticed the defendant was “fidgety” which prompted a search and a container in his trousers had three grammes of cannabis and three tablets – Diazepam.

A blood test in custody revealed a number of drugs in the defendant’s system.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the “break up of a long term relationship” was “taken particularly badly” by the defendant and he had consumed drugs and made a “foolish decision” to drive.

He breached a traffic sign which led to police being called.

The defendant, whose case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on the day before his 22nd birthday, is from Gateside Manor in Ballyclare.

Mr Moore said the defendant accepts that what he did was “wholly unacceptable” and after counselling he is now drugs free and in a “much better place”

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £350.

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