Bellaghy man ‘over three times the limit’ claimed he was assaulted

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A drink driver three times the limit reversed into a parked vehicle in Portglenone and was then allegedly assaulted, it was claimed at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Michael Molloy, 23, admitted driving with excess alcohol in breath on June 26. District Judge Peter King told him: “You were more than three times the limit, never mind a minor RTC, you could have killed somebody.”

The judge said the defendant couldn’t get behind the wheel of a car in such circumstances and expect to walk away with just a fine as he adjourned the case until October for a pre-sentence report.

Molloy, a joiner of Tamlaghtduff Park, Bellaghy, had an alcohol breath level of 110 over 35 when detected at Main Street at 10.35pm.

A defence lawyer said his client was in Portglenone but there was a “fall-out”.

A friend in a distressed state required to “go home immediately” and the defendant said he would drive them.