Car was noticed by police patrol after it struck kerbs

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A second drink-driving offence within a 10-year period led to a 51-year-old man getting a three-year driving ban last Friday at Craigavon Court.

Jose Manuel Martins, Watson Street, Portadown, admitted driving with excess alcohol in his breath on May 3.

He was fined £300, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy, and banned for three years.

The court heard that at 1.45am a police patrol in Woodhouse Street saw a car hit the kerb before turning into High Street, where it clipped another kerb.

Police stopped the car and spoke to the defendant, who failed a preliminary breath test. An evidential test gave a reading of 73.

A defence solicitor said that the defendant had driven to a dinner organised by the Portuguese community and had no intention of driving.

He added that he started on tonic water but then consumed a glass of wine and a few classes of whiskey.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there was an inevitable consequence and that for a second drink driving offence within ten years the minimum disqualification had to be three years.