‘Took a chance’ and drove

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A 62 year old local man “took a chance” and attempted to drive the short distance home from the pub after a few drinks with his brother, Derry Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.

William Kincaid of Braehead Road was stopped by police as he drove on the Letterkenny Road in the very early hours of March 16.

When police spoke to him they noted a strong smell of alcohol and that his eyes were glazed. Kincaid then failed a preliminary breath test and was arrested.

An evidential breath test carried out at Strand Road PSNI Station revealed a reading of 64mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - 29mgs in excess of the legal limit.

A defence solicitor told the court his client would normally go out with his brother for “a few pints” on a Friday night and that his daughter would normally drop him at the bar and pick him up afterwards.

However on this occasion she was unable to do so. “This is a one off,” the solicitor said. Kincaid was fined £150 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.