Galbally man caught drink driving told officers ‘Fair enough lads. You’ve got me”

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A GALBALLY man who was over three times the drink drive limit when police pulled him over, told the officers: “Fair enough, lads. You’ve got me.”

Before Dungannon Magistrates Court on charges of driving with excess alcohol and driving without a licence, arising out of the incident, was 54 year-old Christopher Michael Rafferty, from Cappagh Road.

Rafferty, who admitted the offences, was observed by police swerving to the centre of the road and colliding with a grass verge at Lurgylea Road on December 23 last year.

Police used flashing lights to signal for Rafferty to stop, however, he continued to drive for around half a mile, the court heard.

A sample of breath provided by him showed an alcohol reading of 117mg, 82mg in excess of the legal limit.

Defending, Rafferty’s solicitor told the court his client has had a history of problems with alcohol, but has taken steps to redress those.

In response to a query from District Judge, John Meehan, Rafferty’s solicitor advised the vehicle he was driving on this occasion had been scrapped.

Rafferty was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £350.