‘Foolishly’ went to collect girlfriend


Even though he had drink taken a 33-year-old man got into his car to go and collect his girlfriend.

Niall McCauley, Primrose Gardens, Banbridge, was banned from driving for three years last Thursday at the local magistrates’ court.

He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy for driving with excess alcohol in breath on January 29 this year.

The court heard that at 11.50pm on the Scarva Road police saw a car stop abruptly and they spoke to the driver. There was a smell of alcohol on his breath and he failed an initial breath test. An evidential breath test gave a reading of 83.

A solicitor representing McCauley said he had taken a few drinks and then received a call from his girlfriend to collect her. She added that the defendant made the foolish decision to drive.

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said McCauley had been convicted of a similar offence in 2013 and that should have been a warning to him.

Imposing the three year ban he said the reading was high on this occasion.