A 75-year-old man who was found lying on the ground after falling down a grass bank was banned from driving last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.
James McGlone, Millmount House, Banbridge, was fined £200, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy, and banned for 12 months for driving with excess alcohol on February 3 this year.
The court heard that at 1.40pm police received a report of an intoxicated male lying on the ground at the bottom of a grass bank at Milltown House, Edenderry, Banbridge.
Inquiries revealed the defendant had parked a vehicle at the top of the bank.
He lived in a block of flats at the bottom.
McGlone gave an evidential breath sample which had a reading of 99.
A solicitor for the defendant said he had taken drink in his home and gone to the car to get a parcel.
On his way back he fell down the grass bank.
He had been driving earlier.
He added that his client had been driving for 58 years with a clear record.