Over limit driver detected in early hours of July 13 in Ballymena after having drinks with friends

Over limit driver detected in early hours of July 13 in Ballymena after having drinks with friends

A MOTORIST was caught over the limit at Linenhall Street in Ballymena at 12.30am on July 13 this year after, a defence solicitor said, having a "couple of drinks with Romanian friends".

The lawyer said Alexandru Sebok (51), of Donegore Drive in Antrim, had then made a "foolish" decision to get behind the wheel.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police saw a Mercedes vehicle pulled in at the side of a road and as police proceeded to return to the scene by driving around a one-way system, "due to the position of the vehicle," it had then moved off.

They noticed the vehicle had done a loop of the one-way system and pulled in again which "caught the attention of police because the route didn't make any sense".

The defendant had slurred speech and had an alcohol in breath reading of 41 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

The defence solicitor said the defendant, a "hard working" man, had a "relatively low reading" and had fully co-operated with police at the scene.

Meanwhile, on May 12 last year Sebok was detected doing 45mph in a 30mph zone and had failed to take up a fixed penalty on time.

The solicitor said the failure to pay the fixed penalty may have been due to a "language issue".

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200 for the drink driving offence and three penalty points and a £60 fine for the speeding offence.