Though he was fit to drive friend home 
after ‘a few beers’

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After drinking a few beers while watching football a Lurgan man thought that he was fit enough to drive a friend home.

But the manner of his driving attracted the attention of the police and when he was breath tested he was found to be over twice the limit.

Scott Parks (23),whose address was given as Larkfield Square, Lurgan, was fined £150 last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for driving with excess alcohol in his breath on February 11 this year.

He was also banned for 12 months and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that at approximately 1.20am police saw a car being driven at speed in Greenhill Park and followed as it drove into Princeton Drive.

Parks was the driver and there was a smell of alcohol on his breath.

An initial test gave a reading of 86 and in the Lurgan custody suite an evidential test gave a reading of 77 - the limit is 35.

Mr Pat Vernon, representing the defendant, said Parks had just starting driving in December last year.

He explained that his client had been watching football and had taken a few beers. He thought he was fit enough to drive a friend home but was stopped by police.

Mr Vernon added that Parks was now going to have to rely on his mother, workmates and taxis to get to his work.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said that the defendant had only passed his test on December 11 and this was a very bad start to his driving career.