Drugs found in car going the wrong way

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When police spoke to the driver of a car which had gone against the flow of traffic he had drugs in his possession which he claimed he had bought in a Banbridge nightclub.

Gary Humphrys (29), Cairndale, Forthriver Drive, Belfast, had admitted a number of offences at a previous hearing of Banbridge Magistrates Court.

Sentencing was adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained. At last Thursday’s court for driving while disqualified he was given an enhanced combination order of 12 months probation and 80 hours community service. For driving with excess alcohol he was given a concurrent six month probation term and banned from driving for three years.

A concurrent one year ban and 12 month probation were imposed for not having insurance. When later interviewed he admitted that even knowing he was disqualified he had bought the vehicle three weeks previously and the drug was methadrone which he had purchased in the Coach nightclub.

He was given 12 months probation and 80 hours community service for possession of a class B drug, methadrone.

The court heard that on January 24 this year police were on foot patrol outside the Coach nightclub in Banbridge when they saw a vehicle drive against the flow of traffic.

They spoke to the driver who was the defendant. His eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred and when he was arrested he handed police a small bag of white powder. When he was searched while in he was in custody two further bags were discovered. An evidential breath test gave a reading of 93.

Further inquiries revealed he was a disqualified driver who had been banned for one year and two months in Laganside in November of last year and he was not insured.

A solicitor representing Humphrys said that his client had fallen in with the wrong people. He added that the defendant was now abstaining from both alcohol and drugs, had changed his life around and managed to obtain full time employment.

Imposing the sentences Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady said this was the defendant’s second drink driving offence within ten years so the minimum disqualification was three years.