Drink driver was in vehicle to ‘clear his head after argument’

Ballymena Court

AN over-the-limit motorist claimed he was only on the road because he wanted to “clear his head” after an argument.

Ronan McKay (34), of Castle Drive in Randalstown, was detected in the Kells area on January 11 this year.

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

A prosecutor said police spotted the defendant sitting in a parked vehicle at the SuperValu car park in Kells and he left when he saw officers arrive.

Police followed and spoke to him at Fernbrook in Kells – a cul-de-sac.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 67 – almost twice the legal limit of 35.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had an argument and had gone off to “clear his head” but regretted driving with drink onboard and wished to apologise.

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

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