Motorist swerving on road tells officers to f**k off

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A motorist, who told officers to f**k off after being seen swerving across the road, has been banned from the roads for 15 months.

The case of Stephen Robinson, (49), of Grace Manor, Portadown, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, June 10.

The court heard that on October 6 last year, police were on mobile patrol on the Mahon Road, Portadown, when a vehicle emerged was seen swerving back and forth across the centre lanes towards the nearside kerb.

This vehicle turned right with no indication into Grace Manor where it was signalled by police to stop.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, stumbled from the driver’s seat, ran towards the house and when police approached him, he told them to “f**k off”.

Police noticed his speech was slurred and they could smell intoxicating liquor on his breath.

Robinson struck an officer in the face with a left hand punch which did not cause any injuries and closed the door on the officer’s foot and arm when officers attempted apprehension.

Police removed the defendant from the house and was seen drinking from a bottle of whiskey when exiting the property.

Due to the manner of driving, officers asked Robinson to provide a preliminary breath test but he failed to do so.

He was conveyed to custody and made admissions to driving the vehicle and not providing a preliminary breath test during an interview.

In his defence, the court was told that Robinson was “stunned” to watch his behaviour that was recorded on the body-worn footage. It was added that he was “embarrassed” and he wished to apologise to the officer in question.

Furthermore, it was outlined that he is in full-time employment and he knows the outcome of his offending will affect his role at a family run business.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a fine of £100 fine for failing to provide a preliminary breath test, a £200 fine for assault on police and a £350 fine and a 15 month disqualification until re-tested for driving when unfit through drink/drugs.

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