Motorist thought he was ‘OK’ to drive but was in fact three times the drink limit when police saw his car stopped in middle of a Ballymena roundabout

A MOTORIST who told thought he was “OK” to drive was in fact three times the drink drive limit and police saw his vehicle was stationary in the middle of a roundabout in Ballymena town centre.

Rafal Burza (37), with an address listed as Henry Street in Ballymena, was at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

The defendant pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol regarding July 29 this year.

A prosecutor said police were on patrol at the Larne Road Link in Ballymena and saw a Volkswagen Bora which was stationary, a number of metres past a stop line, on a roundabout.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 106 – the legal limit is 35.

With the assistance of a Polish interpreter the defendant said he wished to apologise.

He said getting behind the wheel on the date in question had been a “stupid thing to do” but he had been “feeling ok” and thought it was “ok to drive”.

The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £300.

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