15 months ban for Donaghadee motorist who was more than three times drink drive limit

15 months ban for Donaghadee motorist who was more than three times drink drive limit

A DONAGHADEE motorist who admitted driving whilst unfit and failing to provide a sample to police has been banned from driving for 15 months and fined £450.

Jason McClurg (41), of Cypress Close, came to police attention after a member of the public reported a vehicle being driven "erratically" in the Six Road Ends area on December 5 last year.

Police went to the registered own's address and saw the vehicle parked nearby.

At the front door the defendant confirmed he had been driving and when asked to provide a breath sample he refused to do and attempted to close the door "in the face of the officers".

Police then asked him for a second time to provide a breath sample but he went into the living room and lifted a tin of beer which he "tried to drink in front of police before they removed it from him".

When arrested and taken to a police station he had an alcohol in breath reading of 109 - the legal limit is 35.

When interviewed he initially denied drinking before driving and instead claimed he had taken drink in the twenty minutes before police arrived at his home.

A defence barrister said the defendant was now pleading guilty to the offences.

He said alcohol consumed at home after driving may have contributed to the "high reading".

He said the defendant "didn't cover himself in glory" during his initial interaction with police but "seemed to come to his senses when he was arrested and brought to a police station".