Showjumper Jordan Coyle disqualifed after admitting drink driving

A professional showjumper who admitted drink driving has been disqualified from driving.

Jordan Noel Coyle, of Bigwood Road, Ardmore, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on August 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police stopped the 22-year-old on the Strand Road in the early hours of the morning because his car had a defective light.

Officers spoke to Coyle and noticed his eyes were glazed.

A preliminary breath test was carried out and failed.

An evidential sample gave a reading of 51mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The legal drink drive limit is 35mg of alcohol in breath.

A defence solicitor told the court her client is a professional show jumper and the loss of his licence will have an effect on his job and his ability to employ others.

She added that Coyle also gives horse riding lessons and volunteers teaching children with disabilities.

The solicitor told the court on this night Coyle had gone out with friends after a showjumping competition and had intended to get a taxi home.

However, after waiting over an hour for a taxi he made the ‘naive’ decision to drive.

She said that Coyle is ‘extremely apologetic and embarrassed’ by this decision.

Disqualifying Coyle from driving for 12 months, Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan fined him £300.