Drink driver was verbally abusive to police and refused to open door of his Antrim home until being warned 'force would be used'

Drink driver was verbally abusive to police and refused to open door of his Antrim home until being warned 'force would be used'

A DRINK driver was verbally abusive to police and refused to come to the door of his home in Antrim town until he was warned "force would be used".

Stephen Nicholl (38), of Birch Hill Road South, admitted driving with excess alcohol in breath in Antrim on May 29 last year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), around 11pm police received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically.

Police checked the last registered owner and when they arrived at the defendant's home the downstairs lights were off and Nicholl spoke to officers from an upstairs window and then a downstairs window but refused to come to the door.

He was "rambling" and "abusive" and "after around half an hour", a prosecutor said, he only opened the door when told "force would be used".

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 66 - the legal limit is 35.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant wished to offer a "candid apology" for the way he reacted when police arrived.

The lawyer said the loss of his licence "will essentially lead to the loss of" his salesman job.

Mr Moore said the defendant had taken drink whilst out but "genuinely believed" he was below the limit when he had driven home where he had taken further alcohol.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.