Flat tyre leads to excess alcohol ban

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

When police stopped a motorist who was driving with a deflated front tyre they discovered he had been drinking.

Jason William Geary (38), Kensington Park, Portadown, was banned from driving for 12 months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

He was also fined £175 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy for driving with excess alcohol in his breath on October 20.

If he completes a course for drink driving the ban would be reduced to nine months.

The court heard that a police patrol in the Craigavon area saw a car being driven with a deflated front nearside tyre.

There was a strong smell of alcohol on Geary’s breath and after failing a roadside test an evidential test gave a reading of 69.

A barrister representing the defendant said there was nothing of this nature on his record.