Motorist was detected over the limit at Spa after drinking with golfing friends he had not seen for some time because of the pandemic

Motorist was detected over the limit at Spa after drinking with golfing friends he had not seen for some time because of the pandemic

A MAN who had drinks with golfing friends he had not seen for some time because of the covid lockdown was detected drink driving after police attended a single vehicle road traffic collision in Spa at 2.15am on July 4 this year.

Adam Withers (20), of Lissara Close, Crossgar, came to police attention at the junction of Dunmore Road and Spa Road, Downpatrick Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 66 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

A defence lawyer said it had been a "poor bit of judgement" by his client who was "very, very, sorry".

He said the defendant had played a game of golf and although he "normally wouldn't even really take a drink" had then gone to the bar with his friends as he has not seen them for some time due to the pandemic.

The lawyer said the defendant made a full admission to police when they arrived and he had not tried to "remove himself from the scene".

The defendant, a meat factory worker, was banned from driving for a year and fined £150.

  • Main picture: The defendant came to police attention following a collision at the junction of Spa Road and Dunmore Road. Picture: Google Maps.