Driving disqualification

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When police found a 22-year-old man sitting in the driver’s seat of a car a breath test showed that he well over the drink drive limit.

Patrick Gerald O’Hanlon, Ballynamoney Grove, Craigavon, admitted last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol in his breath on September 27 last year.

He was fined £300, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and banned from driving for 12 months.

The court heard that at 2.30am police went to a car park on the Ballymoney Road and found the defendant sitting in a car. There was a smell of intoxicating liquor on his breath.

After failing a roadside test an evidential test gave a reading of 70.

A barrister representing O’Hanlon said he had to concede it was a high reading.

He added that his client had recently completed a lorry driver’s licence and if he received a ban this would have an impact on his prospects of getting a job.