Limavady man drove with excess alcohol in breath

A 51-year-old Limavady man who drove with excess alcohol in his breath has been disqualified from driving for one year.

Guy Milton Turpin of Temain Road was sentenced on Wednesday at Limavady Magistrates Court for the offence.

The court heard police were on the Broad Road at 4.30am on April 1 when they saw a van driving erratically - swerving. They stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Turpin. The court heard Turpin’s speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and there was a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. A subsequent test recorded a reading of 77mgs/100mls of breath.

Defence lawyer David Brewster said his client had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening and had fallen asleep. When he woke up he thought he was fit to drive a short distance. Mr. Brewster said it had been an unfortunate matter which had caused embarrassment for Turpin. In addition to the ban, Turpin was fined £300 and ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15.