An Ahoghill man was caught drink driving after attending a wedding party which prompted District Judge Nigel Broderick to say: “It beggars belief why people still do that, it really does.”
Mason James Robert Henry (24), of Brookfield Gardens, had the offence detected at Carniny Road, Ballymena, after 2.30am on October 14 this year.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court on November 22 that police received a report that a driver was intoxicated and they stopped the vehicle at Carniny Road. The defendant was the sole occupant.
He had an alcohol in breath reading of 71, with the legal limit being 35.
Defence solicitor Emma McCann said her client had been at a wedding party and initially had no intention of driving but “the car was there”.
She said the defendant lost a job which entailed driving but now has a new job.
Judge Broderick said the defendant had a previous drink related conviction in 2014 when he had been offered the drink driving course which “sadly had no effect on your behaviour”.
He banned the defendant for three years along with a £300 fine and said he was unsuitable for doing the drink drive safety course again which could have reduced his ban by a quarter.