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Driving ban for Coleraine man three times over the drink limit

By Nevin Farrell

A Coleraine man three-and-a-half times over the drink limit was spotted driving in a reckless manner on one of the town's busiest roads by an off-duty police officer, a court has heard.

Robert William Hanna (55), of Highfield Drive, braked sharply several times, swerved across the white line and went onto a grass verge on Newbridge Road on December 8.

Coleraine Magistrates' Court heard an off-duty officer contacted police about a potential drink driver who was driving recklessly. When police arrived they noticed the defendant's speech slurred, his eyes glazed and a strong smell of alcohol. He had a reading of 120mcgs per 100mls of breath; the legal limit is 35.

District Judge Amanda Brady said as Hanna had a clear record and no points on his licence, his guilty plea meant she could restrict the driving ban to the minimum one year period.

Hanna, who had admitted driving with excess alcohol and driving without due care and attention, was also fined £250.

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