Over-the-limit motorist crashed into hedge after leaving Galgorm Spa Resort

Over-the-limit motorist crashed into hedge after leaving Galgorm Spa Resort

A MOTORIST who had drinks at the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort decided to drive home as he was the main carer for his 91-year-old mother but he crashed into a hedge in Cullybackey.

James Prentice (53), of Carwood Avenue, Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his breath in relation to the early hours of November 26, 2021.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court a police patrol saw the vehicle and found the defendant in the driver's seat.

He had an alcohol in breath reading of 63 - the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant who had a previously clear record, was apologetic and embarrassed.

The lawyer said the defendant works part-time in a Ballyclare supermarket and is also the "chief carer" for his mother.

Mr Ballentine said it had been a "rare occasion this man gets out of the house" and after a meal and a few drinks at Galgorm he "decides to go home to look after his mother".

He added: "In hindsight a taxi should have been ordered".

The solicitor continued: "Due to the weather conditions" the vehicle had then crashed and "thankfully" neither the defendant nor anyone else were impacted by the driving.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.