Police noticed a vehicle swerve across a line at the Crankill Road at 7.20pm on February 16 this year and when they stopped the driver they then detected a smell of liquor and noticed a vodka bottle on the passenger seat.
Paul Anthony Getty (52), of Woodside Road near Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on March 14 and admitted driving with excess alcohol in his breath.
After being stopped he had a reading of 98 with the legal limit being 35.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant, a painter and decorator who is engaged to be married, was “totally devastated” by the “totally out of character” incident.
The lawyer said the conviction had put the defendant’s “one man” business very much in jeopardy.
Mr Ballentine said thankfully nobody was injured as a result of the defendant’s driving as he made his way from Portrush where he had spent the previous night drinking.
After a “top-up” the defendant had gone to sleep and felt he was capable of driving home and was now remorseful and embarrassed to be in court.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a high reading and banned the defendant from the road for 16 months and fined him £300.