POLICE arrived at the scene of a collision and discovered a damaged vehicle with a flat tyre and also could smell alcohol from the breath of a man who admitted he had been driving.
Robert Pyszcynski (50), of Queen Street in Ballymena, came to police attention at the town’s Toome Road on January 12 this year.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday he admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath.
A prosecutor said police were tasked to a ‘damage only’ two vehicle road traffic collision and afterwards at Antrim Police Station the defendant had an alcohol/breath reading of 90 – the legal limit is 35.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant had been in Northern Ireland for 15 years and works in Moy Park.
On the date in question following a “substantial disagreement” the defendant made a “very foolish” decision to drive to a friend’s house a “short distance” away to stay there for the night.
The court heard the defendant has two grown-up children in Poland and sends money back in relation to university education.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said there were three aggravating features – the high reading; a collision had occurred and the defendant had a relevant “previous entry” in 2007.
Pyszcynski was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £400.