Man was taken to hospital after allegedly swallowing '30 blue-coloured pills' in front of police in Ballymena

Man was taken to hospital after allegedly swallowing '30 blue-coloured pills' in front of police in Ballymena

A MAN who allegedly swallowed over 30 blue-coloured pills after being approached by police in the Antrim Road area of Ballymena had to be taken to hospital, a court heard.

A police officer told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, Justin Dunlop (29), with an address listed as Seacash Walk in Antrim, was allegedly in breach of bail.

The defendant was on bail after being charged with an assault.

The officer said the defendant appeared to be "under the influence" at Antrim Road; with slurred speech and he was unsteady on his feet.

The officer said the defendant told police he had "consumed a lot of alcohol at his flat".

The officer told the court: "Whilst police were with him they observed a small clear plastic bag with approximately 30 to 40 small blue pills secreted at the back of his tongue which he then proceeded to swallow despite police attempts to prevent that. He was taken to hospital where a blood test was conducted and there is a note from a doctor who said there was a raised alcohol level".

A defence lawyer said the breach of bail was not accepted but the defendant accepted he had been drinking the night before and it was still in his system the next day.

District Judge Nigel Broderick ruled the defendant had breached bail as the conditions were not to consume or be under the influence of alcohol in a public place.

The case was adjourned to September 6 and the defendant was released on bail after there were no objections from the prosecution.