A BANGOR man caught drink driving after attending a funeral has been banned from the roads for a year and fined £250.
Jason Inglis (49), of Ballywalter Gardens, was detected in the Bloomfield Road South area of the town on February 19 this year.
A prosecutor told Newtownards Magistrates Court (main picture) police saw a Mercedes car pull out in front of them "at speed" around 10.30pm.
The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 61 - the legal limit is 35.
A defence barrister said the defendant had been driving for over twenty years; had no points on his record and was never before a court before.
He said the defendant had been at a funeral and then had gone to a bar with his brother and had planned to walk one and a half miles home but "it was the night the storm blew in and he took the decision to get in the car and drive".
He said he defendant was not making any excuses and wished to apologise.
District Judge Mark Hamill said: "Well there are no excuses".