A MAN caught drink driving in Ballymena at 2.15am on December 27 last year claimed he was moving his car because he was told a vehicle had been burnt out a number of days earlier.
Police on patrol in the Ballykeel area of the town saw David Boreland (32) driving a vehicle without lights on which was swerving across the road at Lewis Park.
The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 71 – the legal limit is 35.
Ballymena Magistrates Court heard the defendant, of Duncastle Park in New Buildings, was staying with his girlfriend and earlier the car had been left parked because of a flat wheel.
After being told a vehicle left in similar circumstances had been damaged he decided to move his vehicle and forgot to put the lights on.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant had only been moving the vehicle a “very short distance”.
The defendant, who already had nine penalty points on his licence, was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £300.