Drunken man on course stopped NW200 bike race
A drunken Belfast man who walked out on to one of the fastest parts of the North West 200 course during a race was plucked to safety by an off-duty police officer, a court has heard.
However, Gareth Jackson (29) of Caledon Street in the Shankill area caused so much disruption the race had to be halted.
He admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour after walking onto the Coleraine Road, Portrush on May 13, at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday.
A defence lawyer said it was a practice lap and Jackson was "very grateful" for the actions of the off-duty officer in "escorting him off the path of danger".
Jackson was given a four-month suspended sentence.