Man’s former wife reported him for drink-driving offence

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A Portadown man whose ex-wife reported him for drink driving was banned from the roads for 14 months last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

Paul Patrick Loney (45) of Watson Street was also fined £200.

He admitted driving with excess alcohol at Clendenning Way on March 23.

The court heard that police received a report from the defendant’s ex-wife that he had just driven away from her home while under the influence of alcohol.

When police arrived at his home they found the engine of the car was still warm. They knocked at the front door but it took 10 minutes for Loney to let them in.

He said he had taken vodka 30 minutes before the police had arrived. A breath test gave a reading of 64.

Defence said his client had been disqualified from driving on May 7 for 16 months.

He explained Loney’s marriage had broken up and he had problems getting access to his children.

Defence added that Loney had been suffering from stress but accepted he should not have been driving, he added.