‘Morning after’ drink driver is given a year’s ban

A thirty-year-old man has been disqualified from driving after he was caught drink driving the morning after being at a festival.
Steven Boyle (30) of Manaragan, Ardara in County Donegal appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with driving with excess alcohol in breath.
On November 12th 2018, Police were carrying out a checkpoint on the Irvinestown Road, Enniskillen at 11.10am when they stopped at silver Ford Transit driving towards Enniskillen.
When they spoke with the driver, police smelled alcohol, noticed his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred. A breathalyser test was carried out and Boyle returned a reading of 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – a total of 21 micrograms in excess of the legal limit.
Later, he returned an evidential reading of 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
Defence solicitor Gary Black said police were carrying out a routine check point and the alcohol was smelt on the drivers breath.
He said that his client lives in Donegal and works in Dublin. He added that his client had attended a festival the night before but delayed his departure due to the fact he had consumed alcohol and he felt that he was fit to drive.
Mr Black added that this is a case of the morning after the night before adding that Boyle believed he took the right steps.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that the reading was not particularly high and gave the defendant credit for how he had dealt with the matter.
Judge Ranaghan disqualified him from driving for a year, and certified him for the drink driving course and fined him £200.

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