Derry man pulled over after crash held whiskey bottle
The Magistrates Court in Londonderry was told that when a man was stopped by the police on suspicion of drink-driving, he stood beside his BMW car holding a half-full bottle of whiskey.
William Hunter (48), from Rossdale in the Waterside area of the city, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen breath sample and to driving without insurance.
A prosecution solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that Hunter was stopped by the police following reports that his car had collided with two parked cars at Spencer Road on September 9.
When Hunter got out of his car he was holding onto the bottle of whiskey. He was arrested and taken to Strand Road police station but he refused requests to provide a breath sample.
Mr McElholm fined Hunter £700 and said it was fortunate that he'd struck two cars and not two pedestrians.
He also disqualified Hunter from driving until tested.