A MOTORIST “continued to drink” after hitting a grass verge in an Audi before the vehicle ended up in the middle of the road near Ballybogey.
Shane Doherty (43), of Fallylea Road, Maghera, was taken to Strand Road PSNI Station where he had an alcohol in breath reading of 105 – three times the limit of 35.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, police were tasked to an RTC at Ballybogey Road where a car hit a grass verge and was “sitting in the middle of road”.
When police arrived the defendant was in the driver’s seat. There was a strong smell of liquor.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had been “out the night before and had obviously taken a large proportion of alcohol”.
She said police noticed an empty wine bottle at the scene.
The lawyer said following the accident the defendant had “continued to drink” but it was accepted he must have been well over the limit beforehand.
Taking further alcohol whilst waiting at the scene led to the “considerably large reading,” the barrister continued.
The defendant was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £350.