Over-the-limit man in church car park in Cullybackey at 1.40 on a Sunday morning claimed he lost his house key and was sheltering in vehicle on stormy night

Over-the-limit man in church car park in Cullybackey at 1.40 on a Sunday morning claimed he lost his house key and was sheltering in vehicle on stormy night

A MAN found over the limit at 1.40 on a Sunday morning in a church car park in Cullybackey claimed he had gone to his vehicle for shelter and warmth on a wet stormy night after losing his house key.

Philip Glass (29), a telecommunications engineer, of Tobar Park, Cullybackey, admitted being in charge of a vehicle whilst having excess alcohol in his breath.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard a police patrol at Shellinghill Road in Cullybackey saw the vehicle in a church car park on October 31 this year.

The defendant admitted he had alcohol and told police: "I know I have done wrong".

He had a drink reading in breath of 85 - the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor David McIlrath said the defendant had earlier taken his car to the home of a friend who lived near the church car park and after going out in Ballymena they returned home by taxi.

The solicitor said the defendant then discovered he had lost the front door key of his home and his mother was also out that evening and "wasn't home".

It was a wet "stormy" night and he had gone to his car to keep himself warm and get shelter, the lawyer said.

The defendant was given ten penalty points and fined £300.