Teacher from Ballymena was three times drink drive limit after leaving McDonald's

Teacher from Ballymena was three times drink drive limit after leaving McDonald's

AN unemployed teacher from Ballymena was caught driving at almost three times the drink limit after going to a McDonald's drive-thru.

Eamonn Patrick O'Hara (59) of Deramore Avenue, admitted driving with excess alcohol in breath in Ballymena town centre on June 9 this year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police received a report from staff at McDonald's drive-thru regarding a motorist who appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

Police saw the vehicle a short time later at Parkway in Ballymena and when it stopped there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor and the defendant's eyes were glazed and his speech slurred and slow.

The defendant, the prosecutor said, told police he had a health condition and could not give a preliminary breath test.

In custody the defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 102 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

A defence solicitor said it was a "very high reading" and the defendant had a previous similar conviction in 2010.

She said the defendant was an unemployed school teacher who "battles with alcohol".

Deputy District Judge Greg McCourt said it was a "very high reading" and banned the defendant from driving for two years and fined him £350.