A CLOUGHEY man who was found sleeping in the driver's seat of a car with the engine running near the Marine Court Hotel in Bangor after taking alcohol has been banned from driving for a year and fined £200.
Brian Mulready (59), of Ringbuoy Cove, appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol in breath and failing to provide a preliminary breath sample.
The charges relate to December 5, 2021.
A prosecutor said police received a report of a man sleeping in a vehicle with the engine running.
Officers could smell liquor and they removed the keys.
A preliminary breath test failed when the device malfunctioned but the defendant then refused to give a preliminary sample.
At a police station he had an alcohol in breath reading of 61 - the legal limit is 35.
The defendant, who had a previously clear record, told the court he had made a "stupid mistake".
He said he had gone to car with the intention of going to sleep and turned on the engine to warm the car up before falling asleep.