Drink driver tells Ballymena Court he didn’t know what day it was

The court heard the defendant was driving on the A26 at Glarryford. General view of area from Google Maps.

A DRINK driver who admitted in court he didn’t know what day it was caused an off-duty police officer to slam on the brakes and then the defendant’s vehicle clipped kerbs a number of times.

Petru Papuc (52), of Devenagh Way, Ballymena, was driving a Volkswagen Polo in the Glarryford area around 8pm on June 13 this year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

A prosecutor said an off-duty police officer driving at the Frosses Road saw the defendant driving erratically when the vehicle came out of a side road across the path of two lanes causing him to have to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

The defendant later stopped at Springmount Road and when PSNI patrol was called and he was taken to Antrim Police Station he had an alcohol in breath reading of 64 – the legal limit is 35.

At court the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving; driving with excess alcohol and being an unaccompanied L driver.

The defendant told the court he had been drinking on a Saturday and after he woke up later that day he thought it was a Sunday and therefore believed he was ok to get behind the wheel.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £450.

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