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.