Half full beer can sitting just above car handbrake

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When police saw a man get out of the driver’s door of a car they found a number of cans of beer in the vehicle with a half full tin sitting just above the handbrake.

Leslie Paul Russell (34), Roes Green, Laurencetown, admitted a drunk-in-charge offence last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

He was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for 12 months.

The court heard that at 2.45am at Clanrolla Park in Craigavon police saw a car which had wisps of smoke coming from the exhaust and the brake lights were going on intermittently.

They saw the defendant get out of the driver’s side door. He was heavily intoxicated.

Russell denied he had been in the driver’s seat and claimed his wife had been driving. He claimed she had walked off.

There were a number of tins of Carlsberg in the car and a half full tin was sitting on the consol above the handbrake. The car keys were found in his pocket.

An evidential breath test gave a reading of 92.

A barrister representing Russell said that he had stayed out of trouble for a number of years and there was a significant break in his offending.

But, she added, it was his fourth alcohol related offence concerning driving matters. She asked the court to leave something hanging over him.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Russell had a number of relevant previous convictions.