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Man found driving over twice the limit on way home from night before given 12 month ban

Officers stopped the defendant on Banbrook Hill and upon speaking to him detected a strong smell of intoxicating liquor


An Armagh man who was detected over twice the limit on his way home from the previous night’s partying has been handed a 12 month disqualification.

Ryan Traynor, 23, of Dillon Heights, had a plea of guilty entered on his behalf to driving with excess alcohol at the city’s Magistrates’, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on July 5, police received a report of a suspected drink driver in Armagh.

Officers stopped the defendant driving a Lexus on Banbrook Hill in the city and upon speaking to him detected a strong smell of intoxicating liquor.

A preliminary breath test was conducted at the roadside with a subsequent evidential sample obtained in custody giving a reading of 83mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Defence barrister Conor Coulter stated that Traynor had been drinking at a house party the night before until the early hours and had believed he was fit to drive.

He added: “This was a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity and he appears with no record.”

The defendant was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

District Judge Eamonn King did certify Traynor for the drink driving course which would see his ban reduced to one of nine months upon completion.

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