Disqualified and fined after drink and drug offences

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A motorist, who was detected driving with excess alcohol and possessing cannabis, has pleaded guilty to the two offences.

The case of Antonio Pedro De Carvalho Pereira, (46), of Mill Street, Tandragee, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, May 4.

The court heard that on January 22 this year, police observed the defendant driving on Obin Street, Portadown.

Police signalled for the vehicle to stop and conducted checks of the defendant, and whilst speaking to Pereira, they could detect a strong smell of intoxicating liquor coming from his breath.

Pereira failed a road side breath test and whilst being searched, the defendant handed over a small amount of cannabis.

A sample of urine was taken at Lurgan Custody Suite and it was found to contain 201 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of urine – the legal limit is 107 milligrammes.

In his defence, the court was told that Pereira had a drink in the house, before having an argument with his then-partner and she told him to leave which he “foolishly” did by getting behind the wheel.

It was stated that Pereira has been driving for 27 without an incident and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £300 fine for the cannabis possession, as well as a £250 fine and a 12 month disqualification until re-tested for driving with excess alcohol in urine.

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