Drunk driver spun wheels in front of police and Moy party-goers

Drunk driver arrested
Drunk driver arrested

An Aughnacloy man has been disqualified from driving for 14 months due to drink driving.

Andrew McKay, 25, from Glasdrummond Road, Aughnacloy, appeared at Dungannon Magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

The court heard that police spotted him spinning the wheels of his car in a packed Moy Square just before 2am on December 22.

McKay was stopped by police after he accelerated past a large number of pedestrians, and tested positive for alcohol with a reading of 64mcg.

The defence solicitor told the court that McKay had been out for drinks with his friends and had parked his car in the chapel carpark.

Due to the cold, he had waited in his vehicle and then made the decision to drive back up to the Square to meet his brother.

His solicitor added that McKay needed his license for his work and asked the judge to disqualify McKay for the least amount of time possible.

However, Judge John Meehan said the defendant had broken the law during an extensive publicity campaign warning motorists against drink-driving in the run-up to Christmas.

He also fined him £150 for careless driving.