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PSNI defend breath test on man found asleep in car

By Nevin Farrell

Published 01/08/2016

Police have insisted they were right to breathalyse a man found asleep in a car in Co Down
Police have insisted they were right to breathalyse a man found asleep in a car in Co Down

Police have insisted they were right to breathalyse a man found asleep in a car in Co Down.

Ards PSNI said on its Facebook page that an officer “came across a young fella sleeping in his car” after attending a house party in the area.

“Much to his horror, we breathalysed him, and he was lucky enough to be under the limit,” the force added.

“He was very confused as to why we were doing this, so I thought I would shed some light on here too.

“If like this fella you are in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition or they are readily available, you are what we refer to as ‘drunk in charge’.

“If over the limit, you will be arrested and processed like a drunk driver.

“Don’t get caught out on the morning after. Plan your evening and don’t end up getting a knock on your window and a rude awakening.”

There was a mixed public reaction to the incident, with some people praising the PSNI’s actions and others claiming the man was doing no harm and should have been left alone.

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