Priest provides reference to court for man who was almost four times the drink drive limit in Randalstown

Priest provides reference to court for man who was almost four times the drink drive limit in Randalstown

A MAN found asleep and slumped over in a vehicle in Randalstown was almost four times the drink drive limit.

Martin O'Neill (27), of Old Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, came to police attention at Castle Road in the town at 9.20am on January 12 this year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, police found the car at a "dead end".

The defendant was incoherent and his eyes were glazed.

A half empty litre bottle of vodka was in the footwell and a can of Magners was also found.

Three alcohol bottles were found in a nearby field near the vehicle.

The defendant failed to give a preliminary breath sample and when taken to custody an evidential sample showed an alcohol reading of 137 - the legal limit is 35.

The defendant had no record.

References, including one from a priest, were supplied to the court on behalf of the defendant, and after reading them, District Judge Nigel Broderick said it sounded as if the defendant "has troubles".

The case was adjourned to April 26 for a pre-sentence report.