Driver was stopped by police and after getting out of vehicle he said: ‘I’m drunk, arrest me now’

A driver was stopped by police and he exited his vehicle saying: “I’m drunk, arrest me now”.

Ryan Alan Robert Murphy (34), of Knock Road in Ballymoney, came to police attention at Ballymaconnelly Road near Rasharkin on June 1 this year.

Officers noticed a Peugeot car swerving over a white line, a prosecutor said.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 86 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

A defence lawyer said the defendant came to police attention because he had left his indicator on for a period of time.

The lawyer said Murphy was deeply apologetic and losing his licence would mean he may have to consider his employment as he works as a welder in Garvagh and he would have travel difficulties.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court the defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

District Judge Liam McNally said it was a serious offence and a “very high reading”.

The judge said the defendant had two previous drink related convictions from 15 years ago.

The defendant was given a four months jail term, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years.

He will have to re-sit his test before getting back on the road.

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