Man was unable to drive car in a straight line

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

When police stopped a car which was being driven erratically they found that the driver was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet when he got out of the vehicle.

Eamon Keegan (33), Charles Street, Portadown, was fined £175 last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for driving with excess alcohol on February 11 this year.

He was also banned for 16 months and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

On completion of a course for drink driving his ban would be reduced by four months.

The court heard that police noticed a car on the Brownstown Road in Portadown. It was unable to stay in a straight line and went over the central white line.

They spoke to the defendant whose eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor coming from him.

Keegan struggled with his words, slurring them, and was staggering, unable to hold his balance.

He failed an initial breath test and an evidential test gave a reading of 97.

A barrister representing Keegan said he had been at a birthday party. He had ordered a taxi but instead of waiting he took the foolish decision to drive.

He had a previous relevant conviction but this was outside the ten year period, added the lawyer.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was a quite high reading and the driving was very erratic.