Drink driver detected in Bangor following 'row' in pub

Drink driver detected in Bangor following 'row' in pub

A MAN caught drink driving in Bangor in the early hours of Sunday March 13 this year claimed he thought he was OK to get behind the wheel after leaving a pub following a "row".

Ryan William Corbett (33), of Marquis Manor, Bangor, was detected at 2.10am.

Police saw a vehicle "swerving" at Abbey Street and when they spoke to the defendant his speech was slurred; his eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 72 - the legal limit is 35.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had "two pints" in a pub where he had a "row with his partner" and he decided to leave "to distance himself because matters were boiling over".

The defendant had a "relevant conviction" in the last ten years.

The the new matter he was given a four months prison sentence, suspended for three years; was banned from driving for four years and fined £400.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court, District Judge Mark Hamill said he would jail the defendant if he puts "the public in danger for a third time".