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Drunk driver banned after smashing into Northern Ireland bakery

By Paul Higgins

A drunk driver who smashed into the front of a home bakery in Northern Ireland has been banned from driving.

Craigavon Magistrates Court heard that when Robert Beattie (27) ploughed into the metal shutters of The Windsor home bakery on December 27 last year, he was more than three time the legal drink drive limit.

He also had no licence and no insurance.

Beattie, from Enniskeen, Drumgor in Craigavon, entered guilty pleas to drink driving, dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court how astounded bystanders watched on as the Renault Clio that Beattie was driving clipped a tree and then crashed into the front shutters of the bakery on Lurgan's High Street at around 3.30am. Beattie was arrested and when breathalysed, gave a reading of 125mg of alcohol in 100mls of breath - more than three times the limit of 35.

Following a defence application, District Judge Oonagh Mullan adjourned passing sentence until probation officers completed a report on Beattie.

However, she made it clear he was now banned from driving.

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