Drink-driving offence 'a wake up call' for defendant

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man has been banned from the roads for a year after pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol in breath.

The case of Seamus McConville, (43), of Tarry Drive, was heard during the sitting at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, May 4.

The court heard that on April 10 this year, a member of the public reported seeing a vehicle driving along Windsor Avenue, Lurgan.

The member of the public spoke with the driver and informed him that he reported him to the police as he believed he was under the influence.

Police spoke with the driver and a preliminary breath test was carried out which indicated a fail.

McConville was conveyed to Lurgan Custody Suite where an evidential sample read 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Joe Rafferty of Campbell Haughey, stated that his client has been out of employment for some time and helps his pain through alcohol. However, it was added that the offence has been “a wake up call” for McConville as he engaged with Community Addictions team.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a fine of £300 and a 12 month disqualification until re-rested.

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