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Driver stopped by police was holding can of beer, court told

Limavady Magistrates Court has heard that when police stopped a driver after he was seen to be driving erratically, the man was sitting behind the wheel with a can of beer in his hand.

Gary Lewis (29), of Harbour Road in Portstewart, was charged with driving with excess alcohol and while disqualified on June 27, 2009.

The court heard that police went to the Broad Road in Limavady and observed a car that was "swerving dangerously". Police tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver drove on.

Eventually, police stopped the car and found Lewis in the driver's seat holding a can of beer.

An evidential breath sample revealed he was almost three times the legal limit. Lewis admitted being disqualified and made full admissions to all the charges.

Lewis did not turn up to court, so District Judge Liam McNally said there would be a conviction on the tendered evidence and issued a warrant for Lewis' arrest.

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