Man was 'feeling down' after returning to Northern Ireland from Slovakia and was then found in his car after drinking

Man was 'feeling down' after returning to Northern Ireland from Slovakia and was then found in his car after drinking

A MAN who was over the alcohol limit when police spotted him sleeping in his car in Toomebridge was "feeling down" after returning to Northern Ireland from Slovakia.

Miroslav Culak (42), of Oaklea Road near Ballyronan, was detected at 12.25am at Main Street in Toome on July 18 this year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant was sleeping in the "driver's seat" of a Vauxhall Insignia; the dashboard lights were on and the keys were in the passenger seat.

He was "incoherent" and slurring his speech.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 93 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

A defence barrister said the defendant, a labourer, had returned from Slovakia and after "feeling down" had gone out drinking on his own and fell asleep in the car.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was the second time the defendant had been in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol and banned him from driving for one month along with a £500 fine.