Ballymena Court hears motorist overtook police and drink driving offence then came to light

Ballymena Court

A MAN in an Audi A4 overtook police at what they estimated was in excess of the 40mph speed limit on the Ballymena Road in Larne and when officers spoke to the motorist there was a strong smell of liquor.

Krzysztof Wytrykusz (31), of Oakdene in Larne, was then found to have an alcohol in breath reading of 48 with the legal limit being 35 and a subsequent blood test had a reading of 109 – the legal limit is 80.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in blood.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant was an engineer who came to Northern Ireland in 2005.

He said the driving incident on December 11 last year began at a section of a road where the 40mph zone quickly turns into a 70mph limit.

The defendant was off from work for the first day in three weeks and after having four bottles of beer he had gone to bed and thought he was ok to drive.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.

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