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Drink driver caught on Moy Road in Armagh with cannabis

A Benburb man caught drink-driving and in possession of Cannabis when stopped by police, has been landed with a £400 fine.

Caomhan Donnelly, 23, of Tullydowey Road, appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry on Tuesday (July 5).

He was charged with driving with excess alcohol in breath and possessing a Class B controlled drug.

On June 12 of this year, police received reports of a driver suspected to be under the influence travelling along the Moy Road in Armagh, who was later identified as the defendant.

When stopped, Donnelly was asked to perform a preliminary breath test, which returned a reading of 88mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit in Northern Ireland is 35mg per 100ml.

He was also found to be in possession of cannabis.

Ruairi Maguire, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and added that he had entered a guilty plea to the charges.

Presiding Officer, District Judge Brown, imposed a £300 fine for the charge of driving with excess alcohol, along with a 12 month disqualification for driving. For the drugs offence, he imposed a £100 fine and a destruction order for the drugs in question.

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