Christopher Smith, aged 26, of Pier Road, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Prosecutor, Ellie Morgan said:
“At 5.18am on December 21, officers on patrol stopped a vehicle and immediately smelt alcohol on the driver, who provided a roadside sample, giving a reading of 81 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath”.
Defence solicitor, Michael Kelleher said: “He had been out the night before, woke up and felt hungry. He was looking for a 24-hour outlet to get food. The alcohol in his system was going down at a very high rate. The reading at the roadside was 98, and the reading afterwards was 81. An hour later, it could have been under the limit”.
Magistrates proceded to fine Smith a total of £215 and disqualified him for 18 months.