A drunk man who crashed into two cars after an argument with his wife was given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from driving for four years.
Kazimierz Bigaj (41), of Tandragee Road, Portadown, was charged with a series of motoring offences when he appeared at Craigavon Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The offences took place on March 26 this year. just six days after a previous motoring ban had ended.
The court heard that the defendant took his wife’s car, a Renault Megane, and drove off, hitting another car on the Killicomaine Road, but failing to stop.
The defendant was then involved in a second collision on the Tandragee Road.
Police who arrived on the scene found the defendant standing by the side of the car, He was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. A breath sample gave a reading of 129mg per 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35 microgrammes.
A police constable told the court that when Bigaj was interviewed he said he couldn’t remember being involved in the collisions.
A defence solicitor said the father-of-one had been drinking through the day and drink was the reason for the offences. He also suffered from depression and has begun receiving treatment for both.
District Judge Mervyn Bates said that sentencing went beyond a fine. “The risk of possible accidents was extremely high in this case and there was damage to two vehicles. The defendant also continued to drive after the first accident and the alcohol reading was high,” he said.
For failing to stop, report and remain at the scene of an accident the defendant was sentenced to two months in custody, for driving with no insurance three months in custody and for driving with excess alcohol, three months in custody, all suspended for two years.
He was fined £100 for no driving licence, £150 for careless driving and a £15 offender’s levy.
He received one year’s disqualification for each of the charges of failing to stop, remain and report, no insurance and careless driving. For the principal offence of excess alcohol he was disqualified for four years.