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Man who rode motorcycle whilst over the limit handed 12 month ban

The 33-year-old, who represented himself in court, stated: 'I made a mistake'

A man who was found to be over the legal drink drive limit after being stopped riding a motorcycle has been handed a 12 month disqualification.

The 33-year-old, who represented himself in court, stated: “I made a mistake.”

Sigitas Gerulis, of Princeton Drive in Lurgan, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecution outlined that on February 6, at 3.20pm, police on patrol observed the defendant riding a Honda motorcycle in the vicinity of Trasna Way, Lurgan.

Officers stopped Gerulis and upon speaking to him noted a strong smell of intoxicating liquor. A preliminary breath test was subsequently conducted resulting in a fail.

The defendant was conveyed to Lurgan Custody, where an evidential sample of breath was obtained giving a reading of 55mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Representing himself, Gerulis told court: “I made a mistake.”

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes commented: “It’s a costly mistake as far as new insurance is concerned.”

The defendant was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 20 weeks.

Gerulis was certified for the drink driving course which would see his ban reduced to one of nine months upon completion.

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