Reading was ‘dangerously high’ - court hears

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Derry’s District Judge Barney McElholm has described the alcohol levels detected in a driver’s breath as “dangerously high”.

John Boyle, 64, of Barnewall Place was stopped by police on the Strand Road on March 12 after he was detected driving in a suspicious manner.

When police spoke to Boyle they noted a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and he failed a preliminary breath test.

When he was taken to Strand Road for an evidential test it revealed a reading of 130mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - almost four times the legal drink driving limit.

Boyle also admitted he only held a provisional driving licence and as such was not insured. A defence solicitor told the court his client admitted he had a problem with alcohol and wished to apologise for his behaviour.

“He does have issues with alcohol and on this occasion, he took a risk,” the court heard.

Mr McElholm said the reading was “exceptionally high”.

“It is dangerously high in fact, and I’m thinking of Mr Boyle and his health here.”

Boyle was disqualified for 18 months and fined £200.