Court in Ballymena hears man who was three times the drink limit claimed he made ‘stupid decision’ to drive girlfriend home after failure to get taxi

Ballymena Court

A SOLICITOR for a man detected at three times the drink drive limit said the defendant made a “stupid decision” to drive his girlfriend home when she couldn’t get a taxi.

Scott Connor (27), of Broomhill Park, Coleraine, was spotted by police who saw a BMW being driven without lights on on the night of October 6 this year at Frosses Road near Ballymoney.

Police also noticed that the “lane discipline” of the vehicle was poor and the vehicle, without any indication from police, then came to an abrupt stop at Seacon Road.

Police noticed the defendant had “glassy, red, eyes” and at Coleraine Police Station he had an alcohol in breath reading of 104 – the legal limit is 35.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, the defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in breath.

Defence solicitor John Murphy accepted it was a high reading.

He said the defendant had been drinking at home and after trying to get a taxi he made a “stupid decision” to drive his girlfriend home and wished to apologise.

The solicitor said while police were dealing with the defendant, officers took the defendant’s girlfriend to her home.

The court heard the defendant had a previous drink driving related matter.

The defendant was banned from driving for four years and fined £350.

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