Motorist was four times the drink drive limit in Ballymena

Motorist was four times the drink drive limit in Ballymena

A PRELIMINARY breath test showed a motorist was more than four times the drink limit in Ballymena.

Marcin Gorski (35), of Dunvale in the town, had a preliminary reading of 142 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

A subsequent evidential sample at a police station then showed a reading of 127 microgrammes.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police saw a Lexus vehicle leaving a sports club on July 25 this year.

The window was down and officers could see the motorist appeared to be drowsy with glazed eyes and had a cigarette "hanging from his mouth".

Officers used blue lights to stop the defendant and then smelt intoxicating liquor.

The defendant who had a previously clear record had been living in Northern Ireland for five years and is a factory worker.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said Gorski received a call on the night in question from a friend "who has no command of English and was stranded and wanting a life home".

She said he defendant had been concerned and felt "pressurised"

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a "very high reading" and banned the defendant from driving for two years along with a £500 fine.