Loughgall man banned from the roads for a year

Man recorded travelling on M1 at over 100mph 'got carried away' listening to music

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Loughgall man, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in breath, has been disqualified from the roads for 12 months until tested.

The case of Matthew Boutros, (35), of Old Road, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse on Wednesday, January 12.

The court heard that on December 18 last year, officers were carrying out a drink driving check point on Loughgall Main Street.

At 22:10 hours, the defendant failed a preliminary breath test and was conveyed to Lurgan Police Station.

A breath test read 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Paul Brown, defending, told the court that his client has no previous convictions and that there was nothing “adverse” about his driving that brought him to the officers’ attention.

It was stated that Boutros decided to travel from his spouse’s house to his own – approximately a distance of one mile – on the night in question due to a lack of heat in her house and he believed he was under the limit.

District Judge Greg McCourt imposed a £250 fine and a 12 month disqualification until tested for the charge.

Boutros was certified for the drink driver’s course.

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