Drink driver who put Land Rover Discovery on roof on way home from Galgorm Spa was 'trying to change a radio station'

Drink driver who put Land Rover Discovery on roof on way home from Galgorm Spa was 'trying to change a radio station'

A DRINK driver who put a Land Rover Discovery on its roof on the way home from a luxury hotel in County Antrim claimed he was "trying to change a radio station".

Christopher McMullan (26), of Hillview Avenue, Newtownabbey, had been to Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort before the incident at Fenaghy Road, Galgorm.

A police patrol arrived at the scene at 1.45am on October 3 this year.

In the absence of the defendant at Ballymena Magistrates Court, a prosecutor said the police patrol saw a Land Rover Discovery on its roof.

Officers spoke with the defendant who was walking around the outside of the vehicle and he initially told police he and his girlfriend were passengers and were travelling home from the Galgorm hotel.

His speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed and failed a preliminary breath test but then admitted to police he had been driving.

He had an alcohol in breath reading of 54 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Garrett Greene said the defendant, a self-employed landscape gardener, had been at an event at Galgorm and when he couldn't get a taxi he "foolishly" took decision to drive.

The lawyer said the vehicle was "extensively damaged" and "written off" but "thankfully" nobody was injured.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant was "lucky he didn't kill himself and his passenger".

The court heard the defendant had a "relevant entry" on his record from 2015 and at court this week the judge handed down a three year driving ban and a £400 fine.