Motorist whose vehicle was facing the wrong way on a one-way street in Ballymena was more than three times the drink limit

POLICE located a vehicle parked the wrong way on a one-way street in Ballymena town centre and when they spoke to the driver he was more than three times the drink limit.

Stephen Elder (43) came to police attention at Church Street late on July 9 this year.

He told police he had been drinking cider.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court guilty pleas were entered to driving with excess alcohol in breath; using a vehicle without insurance; no L plates and being an unaccompanied L driver.

The reading was 111 and the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Sam Barr said the defendant had “hit the bottle pretty hard” because of emotional turmoil in his life and on the night in question he had gone to get something eat.

The defendant, from Newhill Park in Ballymoney, was banned from driving for two years and was fined £400.

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