POLICE attention was drawn to a car because it was being driven “very slowly” in the Frosses Road area near Ballymoney and when officers spoke to the motorist there was an open can of cider in the centre console.
James Rodney Milliken (50), a sales rep, of Lisnagat Road near Mosside, came to police attention on October 26 this year.
He had an alcohol in breath reading of 76 with the legal limit being 35.
Coleraine Magistrates Court, on November 18, heard the defendant had a previous relevant conviction in 2002.
A defence barrister said the defendant had mental health issues and although there was no excuse for his behaviour it may have been a “cry for help”.
He said the defendant suffered from depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder after seeing the body of a police officer who was a relative of his mother’s.
The court heard the defendant now attends the ‘Wave’ trauma centre.
The defendant was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £300.