Man claims he felt ‘OK to drive’ but was over the limit when stopped by police in Ballymena area

A MAN who claimed he felt OK to drive after earlier consuming drink found that was not the case when he was stopped by police in the Ballymena area, the town’s Magistrates Court has been told.

Frazer Davidson (22), with an address given as Main Street in Bushmills, works part-time in a butcher’s shop, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

A prosecutor said police stopped the defendant on July 18 this year at Cullybackey Road, Ballymena, and he had an alcohol in breath reading of 67 – the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said there had been a passage of time between the defendant drinking and driving and he had felt capable of getting behind the wheel but “obviously that had not been the case”.

He said it was the first time the defendant had ever been in trouble in his life.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200.

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