Man was lying ‘half out’ of vehicle

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A man who hit the drink after splitting with his girlfriend took his sister’s car and was later found ‘lying half out’ of the vehicle in Ballymoney.

Coleraine Magistrates Court was told Ciaran Liam Connor (23), of Glentaisie Drive, Ballycastle, had an alcohol/breath reading of 95 - the legal limit is 35 - when discovered on June 26 this year.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had a “major argument” with his girlfriend of two years and they split up earlier that day. The defendant pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit; taking a vehicle without authority and being uninsured and unlicensed. The defendant was given a four months jail term, suspended for three years; banned for three years and fined £200.