POLICE on patrol at 3am spotted a Volkswagen Golf at Frys Road in Ballymena with frontal damage and a damaged front wheel and when they spoke to the driver he said the “wheels had given out”.
Officers observed that Aidan Marrs’ speech was slurred and they then found an open can of cider in the driver’s door.
The defendant (25), with an address listed as Doury Grove in Ballymena, told police the car was his brother’s and that his brother did not know it had been taken.
The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 49 – the legal limit is 35.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant admitted charges of driving with excess alcohol; aggravated taking and causing damage to a vehicle; using a vehicle without insurance and a driving licence offence.
Defence solicitor John McAtamney said the defendant had been working as an electrician’s mate in London but returned home to Ballymena “with lockdown”.
On the night in question he had not got “very far” before he was detected by police, the lawyer said.
The solicitor said the defendant is now working in Dublin.
Marrs was banned from driving for a year and fined £450.