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26/09/2021

Derry man caught drink driving twice in eight days is disqualified for three years

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A man detected driving while over the limit twice within 8 days has been given a suspended sentence at Derry Magistrate's Court. Alphonsus Doherty (66) of Canterbury Park in Derry admitted driving with excess alcohol on November 10 last year. He also admitted driving while unfit and with excess alcohol on November 18. The court heard that on November 10 police were tasked to an address in Robert Street in the city about an unrelated matter. While there they discovered Doherty had been driving and a breath test revealed a reading of twice the legal limit. On November 18 police again were tasked to the same address and once more it transpired Doherty had been drinking and driving. A test revealed a reading of 114 mgs some three times the legal limit. He told police he had drunk four tins of beer and a half bottle of whiskey. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said that Doherty's problems stemmed from the end of a relationship. He said his client had no record for this type of offence and things had calmed down since then. District Judge Barney McElholm said that these were two offences within just over a week. He imposed a three month prison sentence suspended for two years and disqualified him for 40 months.

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