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Fine and ban for picking up friend while drunk

Drink Driving

Enniskillen Court House

A DRIVER who “foolishly” agreed to go pick his friend up after drinking at home has been disqualified for a year for drink driving. 
On Saturday, on February 11, shortly before midnight, police observed a car on Main Street, Derrylin “driving all over the road.” The car was crossing the central line and was stopping sharply and starting again. 
The driver, Marius Smukleris (33) with an address at Main Street in the village, pulled over when signalled to and, after failing a preliminary test, was taken to Enniskillen Police Station where he returned an evidential reading of 54 micrograms per 100ml of breath. 
At Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday, where Smukleris pleaded guilty to drink driving, District Judge Liam McStay said he was surprised at the defendant’s reading based on the “alarming” description of his driving that night, indicating he’d thought it would’ve been higher and suggesting there may have been a delay Smukleris being processed before the breath test was carried out. 
Defence solicitor Steffan Rafferty said while Smukleris had a previous driving convictions, for having no insurance and driving while disqualified, he had nothing relevant to drink driving. Mr Rafferty said on the night in question Smkkleris had been drinking at home when he got a call from a friend, and had “foolishly” agreed to go collect him in Derrylin. He said the defendant had been fully compliant with police when stopped. 
Judge McStay disqualified Smukleris from driving for 12 months, until retested, certified him for the drink driving course which would reduce his ban by 25 percent, and fined him £200.

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