Over-the-limit golfer detected after pulling into services area ‘for a coffee’

A picture of the Applegreen from Google Maps.

A MAN who had been golfing with friends on the north coast was found to be over the drink limit when he called into an Applegreen services area near Ballymena whilst driving home.

Wesley Todd (61), of Loughanmore Road, Dunadry, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

A prosecutor said that on November 15 this year police received a report of a suspected drink driver who was parked at Applegreen on the Crankill Road dual-carriageway and when officers arrived the defendant was in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes with the car keys present.

The legal alcohol limit for drivers is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath and the defendant had a reading of 64.

CCTV was viewed and the defendant admitted he had driven to the scene after being in Portrush in connection with golf where he said he had three pints of beer.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant had been golfing with friends but after plans to stay over had “gone awry” the defendant made the “foolish decision” to drive home and had then pulled into Applegreen to get a coffee.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had previous convictions but “relevant” matters were of “some vintage”.

The defendant was banned from driving for 16 months after which he will have to re-sit his test before going back on the road and was also fined £200.

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