Over the limit driver came to attention of police who noticed car swerving and ‘repeatedly speeding up and slowing down’ in Ballymena

POLICE noticed a BMW vehicle swerving over the central line and repeatedly speeding up and slowing down at Cushendall Road in Ballymena and when they spoke to the driver they detected alcohol.

Octavian Marian Ene (50), of Waring Street, Ballymena, had an alcohol in breath reading of 86 – the limit is 35.

The incident came to light at 6.30pm on May 10 this year and the defendant was also driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant acknowledged he had been “stupid”.

The lawyer said the defendant had some drink taken that day on top of alcohol from the evening before and he wished to apologise.

Mr Ballentine said Ene was selling the car and whilst work was being carried out on it he was told the mechanic was “leaving the country”.

The court heard the defendant was unable to get someone else to drive the vehicle for him and he “took the chance” to collect it.

The defendant had a previous relevant conviction and was banned from driving for three years and ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service.

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