POLICE spotted a vehicle breaching lane markings close to Ballymena PSNI Station and when they spoke to the driver excess alcohol was detected.
Iulian Gheorghe (41), with an address listed as Springwell Street in the town, was stopped by police at Princes Street on July 24 this year.
The defendant had a reading of 59 in breath – the legal limit is 35.
A prosecutor said around 9pm on the date in question police saw a vehicle breach lane markings on North Road and turn into Galgorm Road where the vehicle was half in one lane and half in the oncoming lane.
Through a video link from his office, defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant’s friend was acting as an interpreter to the court “to avoid any cost to the public purse”.
The lawyer said the defendant was “disappointed and annoyed with himself”.
The court heard a reference had been provided by Moy Park.
The solicitor said the defendant had no intention of driving after taking two glasses of wine at home but then got a phone call from his child’s mother, “who is a Romanian,” telling him to go to an address in Ballymena to collect an airline ticket.
The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200.