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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Coalisland man, who pleaded guilty to three motoring offences, has been jailed for two months.

Appearing via video-link from HMP Maghaberry, the case of Anthony Joseph Quinn, of Platters Hill, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, January 7.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of using a motor vehicle without insurance, taking a motor vehicle without authority and being in charge of a vehicle when unfit through drink/drugs.

The court heard that on June 8 last year, police were contacted about a suspected drink driver, and after locating the vehicle, they found Quinn sleeping in the car, the keys in the ignition and his seatbelt on.

After exiting the vehicle, the defendant was unsteady his feet, his speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed.

Quinn’s preliminary breath test was negative but a blood test detected several drugs in his system, including cocaine.

In his defence, the court was told that the defendant had recent matters dealt with in Dungannon and that he has his vulnerabilities and suffers from PTSD.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £500 fine and a 12 month disqualification for the in charge offence, a two month custodial sentence and a 12 month disqualification for no insurance and a £100 fine for taking a motor vehicle without authority.

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