'Loner who takes out tent to get away from things' was over the limit whilst in charge of vehicle near Ballymena

'Loner who takes out tent to get away from things' was over the limit whilst in charge of vehicle near Ballymena

A DEFENCE solicitor for a man who was found in charge of a vehicle whilst having excess alcohol in his breath said the defendant is a "loner" who takes out a tent to "get away from things".

Steven William Richmond (30), of Carniny Road, Ballymena, was also in possession of cocaine and cannabis.

The offences came to light at Woodside Road near Ballymena around 9.30pm on October 9 last year.

Police saw he had parked in a van just off the road. The engine was running and there were a number of open bottles of alcohol.

The defendant admitted drinking and drugs were found.

He had an alcohol in breath reading of 68 - the legal limit is 35.

The defence solicitor said: "He is a loner and he would take a tent out at the weekend to get away from things. This night it was very cold, he didn't put up the tent and he was sitting in the vehicle with the engine running. He had no intention of driving after he had consumed the alcohol after parking up to camp that night".

The lawyer said the drugs were a "small amount".

At Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant was given a three months prison sentence, suspended for a year and banned from driving for a year.

  • Main picture: General image of a tent.