Drink driver (54) gets 15-month ban

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

An Enniskillen man has been fined a total of £300 for failing to provide police with a breath sample after he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard that police were on patrol on the Irvinestown Road, Enniskillen at 4am on October 16th when they observed a black Audi being driven eratically.


Officers noted that the car was weaving across the carriageway and straddled the white line several times.

Police signalled for the car to stop and when they spoke to the driver, Patrick Connolly, they noticed that his speech was slurred and detected a smell of alcohol.

Connolly (54) of Lisgoole Park in Drumgallan was unable to provide a breath sample either at the roadside or after he was conveyed to Enniskillen Police Station.

He was charged with two counts of failing to provide a breath specimen.

Defence solicitor Bernard Corrigan said his client had been driving since he was 17 and that it was “unfortunate” that he had “blemished his good record”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the case was difficult due to the absence of a specimen that meant there was no accurate reading available.

Giving Connolly credit for his early plea and clear record, the judge imposed a £300 fine and 15 month driving ban. He directed Connolly to remain disqualified until retested.


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