Galbally drink driver was ‘waiting for the light’

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A JUDGE has ordered a pre-sentence report in the case of a Galbally man accused of driving with excess alcohol in breath, taking a vehicle without authority and using a vehicle without insurance.

Hugh Corr, 20, of Cappagh Road, pleaded guilty to the charges relating on an incident on 26 October.

A court was told of how police were parked at Thomas Street Dungannon on patrol at around 1.15am on the date in question, when they noticed a red van stopped at a ‘Give Way’ sign.

Police watched and the van did not move from the sign for around two minutes despite no traffic coming in either direction.

Police approached the van and spoke to the defendant who was driving. His eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from the vehicle.

The defandant was asked by police why he was not moving on from the sign and he told them that he was ‘waiting for the light’, despite the fact that there were no lights at the junction.

Mr Corr was asked if he owned the vehicle and he told police it belonged to his uncle. He was also carrying a passenger in the van at the time of the incident, a fourteen year-old boy, who was the van owner’s son.

Police conducted a roadside breath test with the defendant which he failed, giving a reading of 82mg/100ml of breath. He was then arrested and taken to Dungannon custody suite where another test gave a reading of 80mg/100ml of breath.

District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case to 18 December for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.