A MAN who had been out for a meal and watched the All-Ireland GAA football final between Tyrone and Mayo on Saturday September 11 this year was caught drink driving when he returned to Toomebridge.
Shane Og Gribben (27), a painter and decorator, with an address listed on the charge sheet as Rathglynn in Antrim town, lives in Toome, his defence barrister said.
A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, that at 11.15pm police saw the defendant exit a taxi and then get into a car at the Moneynick park and ride area where the defendant's vehicle hit a kerb.
The defendant had a reading of 52 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.
The defence lawyer said the defendant and his partner had gone to the north west for a meal and after watching the All-Ireland Final had missed a bus back home and instead got a taxi.
Instead of going straight home he made a "misguided decision" to go and get his car.
The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200.