Police spotted a van driver using a hand held mobile phone and when they spoke to him just before midday on Sunday September 2 this year they could smell intoxicating liquor.
Gary Kenneth Nicholl (37), a tiler, of Ardbeg Drive in Coleraine, was found to be over the limit and told police he had been drinking the night before. The offences were detected in the vicinity of Portstewart Road in Coleraine.
At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday September 24 the defendant pleaded guilty and said it was a “genuine mistake”. The defendant had a breath/alcohol reading of 66 with the legal limit being 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.