Drink driver had children in car with him


A drink driver who had two young children in his car in the early hours of the morning and fought with police who arrested him was jailed for a total of four months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Thirty two year old Tomas Mejeris, Armagh Road, Portadown, was given the four month term for assaulting a police officer.

A concurrent two month term was imposed for resisting a constable and one month for disorderly behaviour.

He was jailed for three months, also concurrent, for driving with excess alcohol in his breath and banned for four years.

The court heard that on February 1 this year at 1.45am police saw a vehicle being driven erratically on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown.

It stopped and police saw that there was a female passenger in the front and two small children in the rear seat.

There was a smell of alcohol on the defendant’s breath and he failed a preliminary test.

Mejeris initially refused to get out of his vehicle and when he eventually did get out he struggled with three officers and had to be handcuffed.

He swore at police and head-butted an officer leaving him with a bump above his eye. A breath test gave a reading of 95.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the aggravating factors were a previous drink driving offence, the nature of the assault on police and the fact there were two children in the car.

He added that the case clearly passed the custody threshold.

Later in the court the defendant’s solicitor applied for bail for him to appeal against the sentences. Mejeris was released on his own bail of £400 pending appeal.