Man said he had drunk ‘three pints’ before driving

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

A ‘foolish decision’ to drive led to a Portadown man getting a 16 month driving ban last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Robert Annett (35), Seagoe Park was also fined £175 for driving with excess alcohol on April 3. If he completes a probation course the ban would be reduced to 12 months.

The court heard that a police mobile patrol on the Carrickblacker Road saw a car being driven erratically before completely missing a right hand turn and making an aggressive manoeuvre to turn.

Police stopped the car on Bachelor’s Walk and spoke to the defendant. He was asked if he had been drinking and he said he had three pints.

Annett failed the preliminary breath test and at Lurgan custody suite an evidential test gave a reading of 111.

A defence solicitor said he had been at a cousin’s birthday and said he did not have much to drink. She added that he couldn’t understand why he made ‘the foolish decision’ to get in the car.

The solicitor explained that he was now unemployed as a result and every aspect of his life had been affected by this decision.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this had far reaching consequences for the defendant and while he took into account his plea he could not ignore the high reading.