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Over-the-limit motorist was asleep in car at a McDonald’s Restaurant

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POLICE were called to McDonald’s Restaurant in Coleraine where an over the limit motorist was asleep in a vehicle with the engine running.

The details emerged at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where Adam Jonathan Elliott (20), of Tildarg Road, Kells, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in blood.

A prosecutor said police were informed by staff at the restaurant at 2.30am on July 13 this year and when police arrived the driver and his male passenger were asleep.

Police opened the door and at first Elliott did not respond and when an officer switched the engine off the defendant was awakened in a “confused” state and admitted he had driven from Kelly’s nightclub in Portrush.

The legal drink driving limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and the defendant had a reading of 190.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said his client had been due to get a bus to and from Kelly’s but when he missed the bus earlier he had driven with the intention of leaving his vehicle.

The lawyer said Elliott then had a “falling out” with his girlfriend and decided to drive to McDonald’s but “came to his senses” and planned to stay the night there in the car to sleep off the effects of the alcohol.

District Judge Peter King said the reading was well over twice the legal limit and he banned the defendant from driving for 16 months along with a £250 fine.

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