Driver apologetic for being over the limit

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


A motorist, who drove into another car whilst over the drink driving limit, has been been disqualified from the roads for 12 months.

The case of Conor McGeough, (23), of Collingwood Drive, Lurgan, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, November 19.

The court heard that on October 17 this year, officers received a report from a member of the public in Collingwood Avenue, Lurgan, of hearing a car skidding and causing damage to his vehicle.

It was reported that McGeough was apologetic to the owner of the other vehicle and offered to repair for the damage.

A breath test read 65 microgrammes in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The defendant further pleaded guilty to charges of failing to stop at a damage only accident and failing to remain at a damage only accident.

In his defence, the court was told that McGeough works as a HGV driver and he will now be seeking alternative employment due to the impending loss of his licence. It was also outlined that the defendant was drinking at a bar on the day in question and made the “foolish decision” of driving his car back to his home address.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a fine of £300 and a 12 month disqualification for the excess alcohol charge. The defendant was also fined £100 each for failing to stop at a damage only accident and failing to remain at a damage only accident.

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