Judge in Ballymena says four-times-drink-limit motorist could have 'killed somebody'

Judge in Ballymena says four-times-drink-limit motorist could have 'killed somebody'

A JUDGE told a man who was four times the drink drive limit somebody could have been "killed".

Brendan Conrad Butcher (41), of Herbison Fields, Ballymena, was driving an Audi when he "cut across" a police vehicle in Ballymena town centre at 11.15pm on October 16 this year.

He had an alcohol in breath reading of 140 - the legal limit is 35.

A defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture) the defendant has been engaging with addiction services.

The lawyer said the defendant had been off work on the date in question and after drinking had fallen asleep in an armchair.

When he had awakened he decided to go to a shop but "realised his condition" and had turned and was on his way home when he came to police attention.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant at court: "This is an awful high reading. To get behind the wheel of any vehicle and give a reading of 140 in breath is disgraceful, dangerous, and you could have killed somebody".

The defendant was ordered to do 75 hours of Community Service and was banned from driving for 20 months.