AN over the limit motorist detected around midnight on January 10 this year in the Carniny Road area of Ballymena has been banned from getting behind the wheel for a year and fined £400 “to reflect the opprobrium that the public and society feels in regard to drink driving”.
Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday regarding Conner Devlin (42), of Killygore Road, Rathkenny.
A prosecutor said police saw a vehicle and when they attended the address of the last registered owner the defendant was “agitated”.
The defendant told police he had an “argument” and had drank “two Shandies”.
Police recognised him as being the driver.
At Coleraine Police Station the defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 68 – the legal limit is 35.
Defence solicitor Kevin MacAllister said the defendant is a butcher and has worked in Larne for over 20 years.
He said aft er drinking four tins of beer the defendant had driven and when he returned home he told police he had consumed “two Shandies aft erwards”.
Mr MacAllister said the loss of the defendant’s licence would have a “major impact” particularly in relation to getting to and from work.