Aughnacloy man’s insurance expired day before he was caught drink driving after wife’s birthday

Police officers
Police officers

An Aughnacloy man’s car insurance had expired the day before he was caught over the drink driving limit, a court has heard.

Police stopped Ian Knipe, 64, from Rehaghy Road, on the early afternoon of May 19 on suspicion of no insurance. He told them that it had expired the day before, on his wife’s birthday.

Knipe - a retired shipping manager for a concrete company - was displaying signs of alcohol consumption and later provided a sample twice the legal limit.

Mr Blaine Nugent, defending, told the court his client had been out the night before celebrating his wife’s birthday and was detected as he went into town to pick up groceries the next afternoon.

Handing down a year-long disqualification from driving and a £100 fine, Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: “I accept that this was an unfortunate lapse rather than something more sinister.”