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Farmer caught over legal alcohol limit went to check on damage to tractor

A 42-year-old farmer has appeared in court after he was caught driving whilst almost twice over the legal alcohol limit.

Armaghi reports that Thomas Breslin, with an address at Derrylee Road, returned to his yard to check on reported damage to a tractor when he was arrested on the suspicion of being over the legal drink driving limit.

The arrest was made by police on July 19th at 8:45 pm.

According to the publication, two samples of breath were obtained, with the lower having a reading of 68mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Kevin McCamley, defence solicitor told the court, “He apologises to the court for this lapse in good judgement. He instructs he drove 200 to 300 metres up the road to a friend’s house, where he had a few beers.”

“He then received a report that a window had been smashed on his tractor and he made the stupid decision to drive back to the yard. He is the sole proprietor of a farmyard and knows the inevitable outcome of today’s proceedings.”

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The farmer was disqualified from driving and was handed a £250 fine. He was ordered to pay the offenders’ levy of £15, within 12 weeks.

District Judge Rosie Watters certified Breslin for the drink driving course which would see his ban reduced to one of nine months upon completion.

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