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Driver with five or six pints tried to start car after being stopped by police

Published: 16 Nov 2012 19:09

A 32-year-old driver had five or six pints and suddenly tried to start his car after being stopped by the police, Fermanagh Court has been told.

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Shane Carey, of Derrygannon, Rosslea, was fined £300 and banned from driving for 15 months when he admitted driving with excess alcohol.

A prosecutor told the court that on Saturday, October 13, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle on the Loop Road at Newtownbutler. A two car patrol was in the area at approximately 4.25am when one of them spotted Carey driving towards the Magheraveely Road and sent a radio message to the second patrol and it stopped the vehicle. Carey's eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from him. He suddenly tried to start the car by reaching forward but a police officer took hold of his arm. The vehicle was seized and Carey was taken to Enniskillen Police Station where a sample of his breath produced an alcohol reading of 97 - almost three times the legal limit of 35.

Defence barrister Steffan Rafferty said Carey was not normally a drinker but on this occasion had five or six pints over three or four hours. The unemployed heavy goods vehicle driver was travelling from Clones on a Republic of Ireland licence when he was stopped.

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