A MAN caught drink driving claims he made the decision to get behind the wheel after leaving a poker game where “things turned nasty,” Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.
Daryl Reid (29), of Kilmakevit Crescent, Cullybackey, was spotted driving at Cullybackey Road, Ballymena, after midnight on June 27 this year.
A prosecutor said police then saw Reid pull a Renault car into a layby and switch off the headlights.
When police approached they could smell intoxicating liquor and when the defendant failed a preliminary breath test at the scene he “instantly became aggressive” and clenched his fists.
He later gave an evidential reading of 68 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.
A defence solicitor said on the night in question Reid had been attending a poker game in Ballymena and “apparently things turned nasty at that particular game and he felt it best that he left the area”.
The lawyer said the defendant had made the wrong decision to drive.
The solicitor said Reid resisted police after he felt handcuffs were being put on “too tightly”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol in breath and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty and was banned from driving for a year and fined £350.