A man who had gone to McDonald’s in Ballymena to get something to eat in the early hours of July 12 this year was detected drink driving.
Marek Motcyak (31), who is originally from Slovakia and now with an address at Cullybackey Road in Ahoghill, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates on Thursday.
He was detected driving a Kia Sportage.
A prosecutor said that at 3.40am police on mobile patrol saw the defendant in a vehicle – the only one in the Pentagon Retail Park at that time of the morning – and when they stopped the defendant a short time later his eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor.
He failed a preliminary breath test and an insurance offence was also detected.
The intoxilyser machine at a police station wasn’t working and the defendant had a reading of 96 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood with the legal limit being 80.
Defence solicitor Archie McCormick (Breslin, McCormick & Co) said the defendant was having some “domestic strife” at the time and had gone to McDonald’s because it was somewhere to eat at that time of the morning.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he could give credit for a clear record and an early plea as he banned the defendant from driving for a year and fined him £300.