Drink driver’s car ‘notified police’ on him after he struck a traffic island and overturned his vehicle in middle of the night

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A drink driver’s car called police on him after a serious crash in the middle of the night, a court has heard.

A defence solicitor for Jacob David Alexander (22), of Old Park Manor in Ballymena, said a safety feature of the Ford vehicle “notified police” after a collision at Ballybogey Road near Portrush on Saturday September 1 this year.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

A prosecutor said police received a report that said there was a serious road traffic collision at Ballybogey Road.

The vehicle had collided with a traffic island and overturned and the when officers arrived at the scene they located Alexander a short distance away at around 3.30am.

The defendant had a reading of 91 micrograms with the legal limit being 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine (James Ballentine & Son) handed in references including from the defendant’s work and from a former councillor in Ballymena.

Mr Ballentine said his client had gone to the north coast for a reunion with university friends and had taken “shots” of drink during the night and planned to stay in the area.

The lawyer said the defendant could not understand why he decided to drive home to go his own bed.

He said as part of a safety feature on Alexander’s vehicle the car had “notified police” following the collision.

Mr Ballentine said it turned out to be a “total night of disaster” but that thankfully neither his client nor anyone else was injured.

District Judge Peter King said “never has there been a more salutary lesson” of the damage drink driving can do.

He said the defendant could lose his employment and it could effect his aspirations to be a paramedic.

The defendant, he said, was also paying for a damaged car and all because of a “moment of madness”.

The judge said the defendant had the option of staying at the coast and after he took to the road with an extremely high level of alcohol in his system thankfully nobody was killed or injured.

The defendant was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £300.

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