Man’s third drink driving offence

The justice system
The justice system

A 32-year-old Banbridge man convicted of his third drink driving offence in ten years was jailed for two months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

He was John Jennett, Seapatrick Avenue, Banbridge, and he admitted four offences which happened on June 26 last year.

For driving with excess alcohol, not having insurance, criminal damage and driving while disqualified he was sentenced to two months in prison. The terms are to run concurrently.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £25 offender’s levy.

The court heard that around 9.25pm at the Charles Street car park in Lurgan Jennett was seen to get out of the driver’s side of a car and walk away.

He failed a breath test, giving a reading of 79, and refused to provide his details.

At Lurgan custody suite an evidential test gave a reading of 110. While in the police cell he smeared food across the walls.

When he was identified it was discovered he had been disqualified from driving at Armagh Magistrates Court on May 5 last year.

Jennett said that he had no memory of the events of the previous evening. When interviewed later by police he said he another man he had met in Tandragee had been driving and he had got get out of the car by the driver’s side.

He gave a name to police but they could not find anyone with this name.

A barrister representing Jennett said his client accepted he had been in the driver’s seat and had moved the car in the car park. He had been a passenger up until he got to the car park.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said that while the defendant was entitled to credit for his pleas of guilty he had ‘an atrocious record’ and had shown a disregard for traffic laws and court orders.

The judge pointed out that this was Jennett’s third drink drive conviction inside ten years and he was three times the legal limit.She was satisfied that the offences crossed the custody threshold.