A MAN who crashed into a car at traffic lights in Dungannon, had been drinking into the early hours of the morning, his lawyer told the local Magistrates Court.
Vidmantas Miliauskas, 39, from Northland Village, collided with the side of another vehicle which was driving towards the traffic lights at Northland Row in the town at around 1.30pm on June 16.
When police were called to the scene of the incident, the injuured party told the officers he could smell alcohol from Miliauskas and that he had taken Miliauskas’ car keys from him.
A preliminary breath sample provided by Miliauskas showed an alcohol reading of 123mg, 48mg in excess of the legal limit.
Defending, Miliauskas’ lawyer said he fully accepted the facts of the case and that he “deeply regrets” the incident.
The lawyer explained that Miliauskas had been drinking into the early hours of the morning, and had “taken a chance” to drive home.
Miliauskas, who is married with two young children, was disqualified from driving for 16 months and fined a total of £300 on the offences of drink driving and driving without due care and attention.