A SUPERMARKET manager who was more than three times the drink drive limit came to police attention when officers spotted his vehicle had no lights illuminated at Portstewart Promenade, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told.
Ryan McCartney (38), of Cairnhill in Coleraine, was detected on a night in June this year with a reading of 287 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 80.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had been out socialising with friends and had parked his car in Portstewart with the intention of getting a taxi home.
However, the defendant became separated from his friends and “for some unknown reason” he made the decision to drive and when detected by police had gone less than a mile.
The lawyer said his client was embarrassed at being in court.
A reference was handed in on behalf of the defendant.
District Judge Peter King told the defendant he hoped it was the first and last time he would see him in court.
The judge said McCartney had been well over three times the limit and a “very clear message” had to be sent out that that was unacceptable.
The defendant was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £350.