Suspected drink driver ‘almost four times the legal limit’ at 9am near school



POLICE arrested a suspected drink driver in Antrim on Monday morning who was almost four times the legal limit near a school.

It is believed to be one of the highest readings detected in the town.

The arrest was made after 9am at Springfarm Road.

It is understood a sign was struck by a car.

The Antrim PSNI Facebook page said the suspect failed a preliminary breath test at the scene and was arrested and taken into custody.

The post said: “On the evidential breathalyser he provided a reading of 131. That’s almost 4 times the limit. At 9.30am.

“He is still sobering up in the cells before facing a date in court.

“The devastation he could’ve caused just 30 minutes earlier on that road which has a school on it, is not worth thinking about.”

The spokesperson praised a member of the public who raised the alarm.

“If you ever suspect someone to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs please ring us on 999 and help us to do something about it!,” the post added.

Last year, a court in Ballymena heard a drink driver had a reading of 145 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath with the legal limit being 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The reading was one of the highest ever before a court in Northern Ireland.

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