Driver over the limit twice in space of weeks

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A Portadown man who was caught drink driving twice within a matter of weeks was banned from the roads for two years last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

He was 23-year-old Lee McAdam of Kernan Hill Manor, Portadown, and he admitted a series of offences through solicitor, Mr Hugo Marley.

For driving with excess alcohol on November 9 last year he was fined £150 and disqualified for two years.

He was also fined £50 and banned for six months for failing to provide a specimen and fined £50 with a one month ban for having a defective tyre.

McAdam was further fined £150 and given a concurrent two-year ban for driving with excess alcohol on December 4 last year.

A fine of £100 was imposed for obstructing the police on the same date. He was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that in the early hours of November 9 police stopped the defendant in Thomas Street.

He was asked to provide a sample of breath but made a poor attempt. In custody he provided an evidential sample of 60 in breath.

On December 4 at 3am he said he was walking home and found his car abandoned. He claimed he had dropped his keys on the bar where he had been drinking.

He was trying to change the front wheel and later produced his keys saying he had found them.

When cautioned McAdam said, “You can’t arrest me for having my car stolen.”

Mr Marley said that at the time of the offences McAdam had lost his job and had received an injury so he was in a low mood.

He added that the defendant, who had never been in court before, was very apologetic. He knew he had behaved totally inappropriately.

Mr Marley said his client’s injury had been resolved and he had obtained a new job.