Cigarette trip ends in court

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A man who took his girlfriend’s car to go and buy cigarettes pleaded guilty to five motoring charges, including driving with excess alcohol, when he appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court on Friday.

Lee Parr (22), of Jervis Street, Portadown, was stopped by police on June 18 who spotted him driving erratically.

A lawyer for the prosecution said officers noticed that Parr smelt of alcohol. He made a full admission to police.

The court heard he was with his girlfriend at her house and they had shared a bottle of wine. After his girlfriend had gone to bed, Parr realised he had run out of cigarettes and went to buy some.

District Judge Bernie Kelly fined him £200 for driving with no insurance, £25 for driving without L plates, £75 for driving while unaccompanied as an L driver, £100 for taking a car without the owner’s consent and £300 for driving with excess alcohol.

He was also disqualified for a year on the charge of driving with excess alcohol.