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Drink-driving Northern Ireland estate agent spotted by off-duty officer

By Nevin Farrell

An estate agent from Omagh seen veering over the road in his Mercedes whilst over the drink-drive limit in the early hours was spotted by an off-duty police officer.

William David Edward Sayers (52), of Crevenagh View, was detected in the Ballybogey area near Portrush in October.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday that at 3.34am on October 22 police received a report of a suspected drink-driver.

The prosecuting lawyer said an off-duty police officer saw a red Mercedes car driving slowly for no apparent reason, swerving and breaching the white line.

Sayers was followed and stopped and after on-duty police arrived at the scene, the defendant was found to have had a reading of 90mcg per 100ml of breath. The limit is 35.

A defence lawyer said his client had been out on the north coast and after a row with his partner had driven off but when detected was on his way back to "make good" with her.

Banning the defendant from driving for 16 months and fining him £350, District Judge Peter King said on the night in question the defendant had been a "complete and utter menace" and a danger to road users.

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