Banned drink driver is now considering moving to be closer to his mum, court told

Coleraine Courthouse

A man who was found to be over the limit after rolling a vehicle has been banned from driving and is now considering moving to be near his elderly mother so he can continue to be her full-time carer, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard today.

John Martin Rodgers (40), of Craigalappin Road near Ballintoy, pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit at Straid Road on March 12 this year.

A prosecutor said a vehicle rolled a number of times and ended up on its roof.

Paramedics were called to the scene and whilst being removed from the vehicle there was a strong smell of liquor and the defendant’s speech was slurred.

The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood and the defendant had a reading of 196.

A defence lawyer said the defendant is a full-time carer for his “housebound elderly mother” and because of the road ban he is considering moving house to be able to continue to care for her.

The lawyer said the defendant had lost control of his vehicle in the early hours of the morning and had “written off” the vehicle.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “high” reading and the defendant had a relevant previous entry.

He said the defendant had previously done the drink-drive course and “should have known better” about re-offending.

Rodgers was banned him from the road for three years along with a £300 fine.

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