Unfit road user initially claimed friend had driven car and after pal left he moved to driver’s seat to turn off ignition

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The Moneycarrie Road at Garvagh. Picture – Google.

A man who admits charges of driving whilst unfit and failing to provide a specimen originally claimed a friend had been at the wheel and after the pal left he then moved to the driver’s seat to turn off the ignition and was texting when police arrived.

Roman Olenin (40), of Pottinger Street in Cullybackey, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on November 19.

He admitted charges of failing to provide a specimen and also admitted driving whilst unfit between Bann Road in Kilrea and the Moneycarrie Road at Garvagh.

A prosecutor said police received a report from a member of the public after 11pm on Friday October 26 that a BMW 5 series car was being driven erratically and swerving “all over” the road at Edenbane Road.

The vehicle was later discovered stopped at Moneycarrie Road.

Olenin told police he had been in Coleraine with friends and had two beers and that a friend had then driven the car, pulled over and said he would be back shortly.

At that stage, the defendant said he himself then got into the driver’s seat to turn off the ignition and was texting friends when police arrived.

The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £450.

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