Drink-driver who tried to make himself sick before breath test given roads ban
A man being taken to a police station for allegedly driving with excess alcohol in Ballymena tried to make himself sick ahead of giving a breath sample, a court heard yesterday.
Marius Bosca (25), of Railway Street in the Co Antrim town, was arrested after driving on the Larne Road Link on October 13. A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told Ballymena Magistrates' Court that police saw Bosca driving in excess of the speed limit at 1.15am.
When officers stopped the defendant, he failed a preliminary breath test.
The court heard that on the way to Antrim police station - around 11 miles away - officers saw him try to make himself vomit in the vehicle.
When processed at the station, he had an alcohol reading of 48mg - 13mg over the legal limit of 35mg.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said although his client had a few drinks earlier that evening, he did not believe he was over the limit.
The court heard Bosca had a previous conviction for being drunk in charge of a vehicle.
However, Mr Ballentine said that this was a "technical" offence when he was attacked in a bar in Ballymena and fled to take "refuge" in the car.
For the offence before the court yesterday, Bosca pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for a year. He was also fined £200.