Drink driver claims he had gone to aid of family member who was in ‘dangerous situation’

A lawyer for an Ahoghill motorist who was over the drink drive limit at 4.30am on August 16 this year claimed the defendant got behind the wheel to go to the aid of a family member who was in a “dangerous situation”.

Matthew Harold Crozier (41), of Brookfield Gardens, was detected at Old Portglenone Road, Ahoghill.

He pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol in his breath and two assaults on police.

A prosecutor said police saw a Megane and a check showed it belonged to the defendant who they had spoken to twenty minutes earlier and at the earlier stage he had been intoxicated.

The vehicle was stopped and a breath sample at Antrim PSNI Station was 47 – the legal limit is 35.

The prosecutor said the defendant became “very agitated” at the police station and “lashed out” and struggled with officers, hitting one on the knee and the other on the face.

Limb restraints had to be applied.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was contacted to say a family member was in a “dangerous situation” and he had then driven to to their aid.

The lawyer said that matter was resolved and police spoke to him at the scene of that incident before they later detected him driving.

The solicitor said the defendant had been drinking earlier in the evening before being contacted and it was “not the highest reading in the world”.

The solicitor said it was accepted that in custody the defendant had not behaved well and was ashamed but the incident had been “entirely out of character”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had “failed the attitude test” and banned him from driving for a year and fined a total of £350.

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