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Court hears of ‘archetypal’ drink driver who police spotted doing 10mph as vehicle weaved from side to side

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A JUDGE said a vehicle being driven at 10mph and weaving from side to side was an “archetypal” drink driving case and thankfully police caught the motorist when they did.

District Judge Peter King was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where Joshua Smalls (20), of Limestrone Square in Armagh city, admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

The detection was made at 2.40am on October 30 this year at Coleraine Road, Portstewart, where police first noticed a vehicle almost stationary and then it began moving at a speed of around 10mph whilst weaving from side to side.

The legal alcohol limit for drivers is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath and the defendant had a reading of 83.

A defence lawyer said it had been a “moment of madness” after Smalls, who is currently on work placement from Belfast Met where he is studying, had an argument with a friend and jumped into the car.

The court heard the defendant was embarrassed and wished to apologise.

A reference from a charity shop where the defendant volunteers was handed in to the court.

Smalls was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £250.

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