Man had argument with wife whilst out for dinner and decided to return to ‘express remorse’….but crashed and was caught over the limit

A MAN on a short break in Ballycastle had an argument with his wife whilst out for dinner before going home to Limavady, where after consuming alcohol, he then decided to make a return trip to “express his remorse,” a court heard.

However, Gregory Martin Anthony Loughery (55), of Josephine Avenue in Limavady, then came to police attention after driving dangerously whilst over the limit.

A prosecutor said police received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically and being involved in a road traffic collision.

The defendant was detected with an alcohol in breath reading of 91 – the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk accepted that driving a vehicle in the manner described whilst under the influence of alcohol was something the courts would take very seriously.

He said the couple had gone to Ballycastle for a few days and after an argument over dinner Loughery decided to return home to Limavady but after taking alcohol foolishly returned to Ballycastle “to express his remorse to his wife”.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving; driving with excess alcohol in his breath and failing to stop, remain and report a damage only accident.

District Judge Peter King said the combination of drink driving and dangerous driving aggravated the situation and banned him from the road for 16 months along with fines totalling £550.

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