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Ballycastle Drink Driver Admits: ‘I Put Other People And Myself In Danger’

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Coleraine Courthouse

A DEFENCE solicitor for a Ballycastle man caught driving with excess alcohol in Coleraine told a court his client admitted: “I put other people and myself in danger”.

Conor James Hunt (24), a factory worker of Rathlin View, had the offence detected at a police vehicle checkpoint at Ballycastle Road at around 11pm on October 27.

Police noticed a strong smell of intoxicating liquor.

He had an alcohol in breath reading of 80, with the legal limit being 35.

The defendant told police: “I regret it and I’m truly sorry”.

A defence lawyer said on the date in question his client had been doing somebody “a decent turn” by taking them to Coleraine and after meeting people he had not seen for some time he then took drink.

The lawyer said the defendant wished to apologise.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant had a previous similar conviction in 2013 and banned him from driving for three years along with a £250 fine.

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