Drink driver is disqualified for five years


A drink driver has been disqualified from driving for five years.

Martin Joseph Wade, of Sackville Court, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

The offences were committed on the Glendermott Road on March 26.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the 54-year-old was driving ‘erratically’ and was stopped by police.

He was a disqualified driver and a breath test gave a reading of 54 mg of alcohol in breath.

Defence solicitor Mark Reid said his client thought his disqualification had run out.

He said Wade realises he has a difficulty with alcohol and is trying to address it.

Passing sentence, District Judge Peter King said driving whilst disqualified ‘is an extremely serious offence. Disqualification is imposed not only to mark drink driving in your case but also to protect the public’.

The judge disqualified the 54-year-old for five years and fined him £200. Wade was also ordered to complete 100 hours community service.