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Ballymoney drink driver asked police to arrest him

Murphy was given a four-month jail term, which was suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years
Murphy was given a four-month jail term, which was suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years

By Staff Reporter

A motorist stopped by PSNI officers told them: "I'm drunk, arrest me now."

Ryan Alan Robert Murphy (34), of Knock Road in Ballymoney, came to police attention at Ballymaconnelly Road near Rasharkin on June 1 this year.

Officers noticed a Peugeot car swerving over a white line, a prosecutor said. The defendant had 86 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35mcgs.

A defence lawyer said the defendant came to police attention because he had left his indicator on for a period of time.

The lawyer said Murphy was deeply apologetic and losing his licence would mean he may have to reconsider his job. At Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday the defendant pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

District Judge Liam McNally said it was a "very high reading".

Murphy was given a four-month jail term, which was suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years.

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