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Man handed 12 month driving ban after being stopped over the limit on Northway

A Portadown man has been disqualified from driving for 12 months after being caught over the limit in what was described in court as a “next morning offence”.

His defence told the court that this ban would hit the 25-year-old in the pocket as he was a driver by trade.

Callum Law, of Oaklands, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

It was heard that on June 30, at around 8am, the defendant was stopped driving a white Transit van on the Northway, Portadown.

Upon speaking to Law, officers noted a smell of intoxicating liquor, a preliminary breath test was subsequently carried out resulting in a fail.

Whilst at Lurgan Custody Suite, a reading of 69mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath was obtained.

Defence counsel stated: “He has a previously clean licence, this was a guilty plea at the first opportunity and this will hit him in the pocket as he works for his family’s company as a delivery driver.

“This was a next morning offence, something which we should all be wary of after drinking”.

Law was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

He was certified for the drink driving course which could see his ban reduced to one of nine months if completed.

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