Man with lengthy record adds drink driving to list


Flicking through a man’s lengthy criminal record, a judge said he was only part way through and the defendant probably had an entry for “every known conviction you can commit” but not drink driving…until now.

District Judge Liam McNally was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court on January 21 where Alan Stanfield (41) of Swilly Close in Portstewart, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

Police were in The Heights area of Coleraine at 2.15am on December 27 last year when they saw a vehicle fail to give way at a roundabout and as they followed they could see it veering on the road.

Stanfield was then detected with an alcohol/breath reading of 49 with the legal limit being 35.

Defence solicitor Garrett Greene said the defendant had been drinking earlier in the day and had made a short journey to leave some friend’s home.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200.

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