Over-the-limit driver who was sleeping in car is given ten penalty points

Ballymena Court

A MAN who was found to be over-the-limit whilst sleeping in a car has been given ten penalty points and a £100 fine.

Ben Signer (20), of Craigstown Road, Kells, had the case mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He admitted being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol in his breath at Rosses Meadow in Ballymena.

Police saw the defendant in a Polo vehicle and he had an alcohol reading of 51 – the legal limit is 35.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had been drinking at a friend’s house and when the friend’s parents were getting up he decided to go to the car to sleep.

District Judge Nigel Broderick hoped the defendant had “learned a salutary lesson”.

He told Signer: “It is never a good idea to be in control of a vehicle when you have drink taken because you end up where you are now”.

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