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Drink driver did u-turn at police checkpoint in Portstewart in run up to Christmas

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A man with drink taken did a U-turn and sped off when he spotted a police checkpoint in Portstewart at 1.30am on December 16 last year. However, police pursued Ryan Nixon (22).

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on February 18 the defendant, from Glenagoorland Road near Donemana, pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol in his breath, failing to stop for police and excess speed.

He had an alcohol/breath reading of 44 with the legal limit being 35. He told police he did a u-turn because he knew he had taken some alcohol.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said his client had panicked when he saw police. “He effectively saw his employment flash before his eyes,” added the lawyer.

District Judge said Nixon had “high-tailed it” to try and make good his escape. He said he was impressed by references regarding Nixon.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £400.

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