Road rage driver ‘tailgated’ female motorist and then failed to provide evidential breath test to police

Ballymena Court

A ROAD rage motorist ‘tailgated’ a female driver in Ballymena and when police tracked him down to his home he gave a preliminary breath test but then refused to provide an evidential breath test.

Marcin Pawel Fialek (29), a Polish man of Dunclug Gardens in the town, came to police attention on September 6 this year.

The case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday where a prosecutor said that around 6pm on the date in question police received a report about an incident at Cushendall Road where a woman said another motorist was ‘tailgating’ her.

When she had to stop the man gestured towards her and began getting out of his vehicle but she was able to drive off.

Police went to the last known address of the vehicle owner and Fialek blew 121 – the legal limit is 35 – in a preliminary breath test but refused to provide an evidential test.

He told police he had been driving.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said Fialek was remorseful and knew he had been “out of order”.

The defence lawyer said the defendant had never been in trouble before in his life either here or in Poland.

He said Fialek had acted as he had done after earlier having to make an “emergency stop” during an alleged driving incident.

The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £300.

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