Film set chef gets involved in his own drama with police in Ballymena

Ballymena Court

A MAN who works as a chef on film sets was involved in his own drama with police, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Christopher Bell (42), of Mill Race, Broughshane, came to police attention at 3.20am in October last year.

Police saw a BMW was stopped with the ignition on and lights on at Antrim Road in Ballymena.

Officers smelt alcohol and the defendant failed a preliminary test before becoming very aggressive and adopting a “fighting stance” and when arrested he attempted to get out of handcuffs.

He later failed to provide an evidential sample at a police station.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant “didn’t cover himself in glory” on the date in question.

The lawyer said Bell had been drinking at a friend’s house and he had gone to the car to get house keys and there was “no suggestion” he had been driving or was intending to drive.

The defendant admitted charges including failing to provide a specimen as well as assaulting and resisting police.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop noted it was the second offence for failing to provide a specimen within a ten year period.

The defendant was given a two months jail term, suspended for two years; a three year driving ban and a £400 fine.

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