Motorist banned for one year

THE driver of a car which was spotted by police mounting the kerb at Coleraine Road, Maghera, has lost his licence for 12 months.

Thomas Desmond O’Kane (55), of Sunnyside Park, Maghera, was also fined £125 with a £15 offenders levy for driving while having consumed excess alcohol.

O’Kane was fined a further £75 for having no insurance.

A PPS lawyer told Magherafelt Magistrates Court that the defendant got out off the car and told police that he was over the limit.

He was arrested and taken to Ballymena police station, where he provided a specimen which showed an alcohol count of 72mcgs in breath.

O’Kane, who was not professionally represented, said he had gone out for a drink and had only driven the car “to the top of the town”. He claimed his insurance had just lapsed a day before detection.