A BALLYMENA motorist was more than three and a half times the drink drive limit when tested following a report he had earlier been in the Antrim Road area of the town on April 25 this year.
When spoken to at his home at nearby Queen Street 51-year-old Gary McFall had a reading of 291 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal limit is 80.
Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture) heard the defendant told police he had consumed alcohol between returning home and the arrival of police.
He admitted driving whilst unfit and a defence solicitor said the defendant, who had a relevant record, had taken a "considerable" amount of alcohol the night before and than had more before officers came to his home.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a "high reading" and the relevant record meant he banned the defendant from driving for three and a half years along with a £300 fine.