Judge’s drink-drive warning

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Judge’s drink-drive warning thumbnailColeraine Courthouse.

A JUDGE has warned festive tipplers that they face the wrath of the courts if they are tempted to get behind the wheel. District Judge Liam McNally's timely advice came yesterday (Monday, December 12) after he heard how a Coleraine man had been caught over the drink-drive limit at 9 o'clock in the morning.
North Antrim Magistrates, sitting in Coleraine, were told that Christopher McColgan had found himself on the wrong side of the law after being stopped by police carrying out random breath tests on November 27.
The 47-year-old, from Newbridge Drive, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his breath at Coleraine Ring Road.
In McColgan's defence, the court heard that he had been drinking the night before the incident. After donating a kidney to a relative, his body processed alcohol much slower than normal.
McColgan had driven after receiving a phone call from his daughter to say her car had broken down and his breath reading of 42 micrograms was just seven micrograms over the legal drink-drive limit.
The case had "all the hallmarks" of how someone could not realise they were still being intoxicated the morning after the night before.


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