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18/09/2021

Homeless Derry man who was sleeping in his car is convicted of drink driving after he tries to flee attacker

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A Derry man who was homeless and sleeping in his car was detected drink driving after he drove away to avoid his vehicle being stolen. Ryan Martin (31) of Glenabbey Street in Derry was charged with driving with excess alcohol on June 16. Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh heard this week how police stopped a Silver Audi at 5.40am and spoke to the defendant and noticed a strong smell of alcohol. He failed a preliminary breath test and an evidential test revealed a reading of more than twice the legal limit. A defence solicitor Mr Seamus Quigley said his client's reply after caution summed up the case when he said: "I was lying sleeping and my back window got put in and I was assaulted." The solicitor told the court his client had been homeless and was sleeping in his car after having a drink when someone tried to steal the car. He added that Martin felt he had no choice but to move the car when he was stopped. The solicitor added that to make Martin's situation worse after police took the car they parked it in a lay by near the station and when Martin went to get it he had been given a ticket. Martin was disqualified for 12 months and fined £200.

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