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Ex-lifeguard so drunk he could hardly get into car

By Nevin Farrell

Published 23/08/2016

A former lifeguard was so drunk he had difficulty getting into his car on a trip to Tesco.

Police received two calls - one from the store manager and another from a shopper - when they spotted Damien McAuley (39) at the Portstewart store.

McAuley, a carpenter of Old Mill Grange, Portstewart, had an alcohol/breath reading almost three-and-a-half times the legal limit, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Imposing a four months jail term, suspended for 18 months, along with a driving ban for 18 months, District Judge Liam McNally said anyone encountering McAuley on the road would have been in danger and in fact his condition was so bad people rang police in a bid to prevent anything happening.

McAuley had driven off from the store during the May 31 incident and police later found him at his home. He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Defence solicitor Denise Gillan said the defendant had been at a barbecue the night before and had consumed a large amount of beer and wine.

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