Pensioner caught drink driving

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A pensioner who was caught drink driving has been disqualified for 16 months.

William Slater, of Culmore Point, pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit on November 17, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called by ambulance staff who were treating the 78-year-old after a one vehicle collision.

Slater had crashed his car onto a grass verge on the Culmore Road and paramedics believed he was under the influence of alcohol.

He was slurring his words and was very difficult to make out.

A blood test gave a reading of 274mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, more than three times the legal limit.

A defence solicitor said her client was ‘in a very dark place at this time’ as it was the anniversary of his brother’s murder.

She added Slater has a clear record and licence and is ‘extremely remorseful’ this happened.

Disqualifying the pensioner, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was a ‘very, very high reading’ and fined him £50.