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Crossmaglen man handed three year ban for second drink driving conviction in 10 years

His defence said: 'He is apologetic. He had a few drinks and had gone out to get some food'

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A Crossmaglen man has been handed a three year disqualification for his second drink driving conviction in the last 10 years.

The 45-year-old’s barrister told court: “Little else can be said really. This will have a significant impact as he has a young child. He is apologetic. He had a few drinks and had gone out to get some food.”

Eamon Anthony Corry, of Newry Road, had pleas of guilty entered to driving with excess alcohol and being an unaccompanied L driver at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on September 28, police were conducting a vehicle checkpoint on the Silverbridge Road in Newry.

They stopped this defendant driving a Citroen vehicle and it was observed that his speech appeared slurred.

A preliminary breath test was conducted resulting in a fail. He was arrested and was later also charged with being an unaccompanied L driver after it was discovered he was a provisional licence holder.

Prosecution revealed that a subsequent evidential sample of breath was obtained, which gave a reading of 101mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Defence barrister Kevin O’Hare stated: “As you will see on his record, he was convicted in March 2012 for a similar offence and that falls within the statuary three year ban.

“Little else can be said really. This will have a significant impact as he has a young child. He is apologetic. He had a few drinks and had gone out to get some food.”

District Judge Eamonn King disqualified Corry from driving for three years and ordered that he pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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