Man was on way out of Portrush after North West 200 and was over the limit despite ‘good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast’


A man was caught driving whilst over the limit after attending the North West 200 despite having a “good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast”.

Michael William Briggs (55), a building contractor of Castlevue Park, Moira, was detected travelling towards Ballymoney on the Ballybogey Road on Sunday May 19 this year.

Police had set up a checkpoint and the defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty told Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday the defendant had been at the North West 200 and although he had been out the night before had a night’s sleep; had breakfast and had “gone for a walk” and assumed he was ok to drive.

It was “misjudgement” and “foolish error” to drive, the barrister said.

District Judge Peter King said it was a ‘morning after’ case and the evidential breath reading was heading towards twice the limit “even after a hearty breakfast and a good night’s sleep” and he didn’t want to ask how much alcohol the defendant had the night before.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath, was banned from driving for 14 months and was fined £200.

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