Motorist was over the limit in Ballymena after doing friend a 'good turn'

Motorist was over the limit in Ballymena after doing friend a 'good turn'

A MAN who claimed he accepted the hospitality of a friend after doing him a "good turn" was caught drink driving in Ballymena.

Grzegorz Zielinski (43), a bottling plant worker, of Clonavon Terrace, Ballymena, was caught over the limit when police saw a vehicle cutting across traffic lanes and driving very slowly at 1am at Parkway on February 3 this year.

The defendant had the assistance of a Polish language interpreter at Ballymena Magistrates Court which heard Zeilinski had an alcohol in breath reading of 80 - the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant had been "doing a good turn for his friend" who became ill and Zielinski had taken them to hospital and back.

The defendant then shared whiskey with his friend and not having anything to eat had "no idea" the drink would have affected him in such a way, the defence said.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a high reading and the defendant had a relevant previous conviction. He banned Zielinski from driving for 16 months along with a £350 fine.