Police observed a vehicle almost strike a building after mounting a kerb whilst reversing into a parking space and although the driver failed, on five occasions at the scene, to give a breath sample he later did provide an over-the-limit reading at a police station.
Jamie O’Halleron (21), a gas engineer of Gortamaddy Drive in Ballycastle, came to police attention whilst at the wheel of a Berlingo at The Diamond area of the town at 12.50am on Monday August 27 this year – the first day of the Ould Lammas Fair.
At a police station he later had an alcohol in breath reading of 63 with the legal limit being 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. A defence solicitor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on September 24 the defendant was “extremely sorry”.
The lawyer said his client could lose his job and a driving ban will also impact on his ability to be a part-time carer for his grandmother. The defendant pleaded guilty to charges of driving whilst unfit and failing to provide a specimen of breath for a preliminary test.
District Judge Peter King accepted the impact for the defendant in terms of his employment and family arrangement was “going to be absolutely massive” but he said that was one of the consequences of drink driving.
Thankfully, the judge added, nobody was injured during the incident.
The defendant was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £300.