When police arrested an 18-year-old man for an excess alcohol offence in Banbridge they discovered that he was only a learner driver and had no supervisor with him.
Scott Orr, Sandra Terrace, Ballynahinch, was banned from driving for 16 months last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.
He was also fined £100 for the offence and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.
For not having insurance he was fined £100 and banned for 12 months while a £50 fine and another concurrent 12 month was were imposed for driving unaccompanied.
He was fined £50 for not having a vehicle test certificate and given an absolute discharge for not displaying ‘L’ plates.
The court heard that on November 7 at 4am in the Church Square car park in Banbridge police saw the defendant’s vehicle
When they spoke to him they could smell alcohol on his breath and he failed the roadside test.
He was arrested and taken to the custody suite where an evidential test gave a reading of 61.
Further inquiries revealed because he was only a provisional licence holder and was not accompanied by a qualified driver he was not covered by insurance.
His test certificate had expired and there were no ‘L’ plates displayed on the vehicle.
A solicitor representing Orr said he was a trainee mechanic who was on work placement with Charles Hurst.
He explained that the defendant had informed his employers about the court case and they may not be able to retain him.
The solicitor added that Orr’s grandmother had bought him this vehicle as a birthday present.
On the night in question he had been at the Coach and had taken approximately three or four drinks.
It has been a salutary lesson for the defendant, he added.