Drink driver disqualified

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 43-year-old man was caught drink-driving after police pulled into a fast food drive-through behind him, a court has heard.

Phillip Doherty, of Aberfoyle Crescent South, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on February 8.

Derry Magistrate’s Court was told police saw a white van in the McDonald’s drive-through.

They spoke to a member of staff, they confirmed the driver’s speech was slurred and there was a smell of alcohol.

Officers checked the registration of the car and went to the 43-year-old’s home address.

Doherty was still sitting in the van outside his house.

A breath test gave a reading of 76mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, two times over the legal limit.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client had been driving for 26 years.

He told the court Doherty had a few drinks on this day and drove a short distance from the take-away to his home.

District Judge Peter King disqualified Doherty from driving for 16 months and fined him £400.