Man Charged After Drinking Over Four Times the Limit in Car in Newry

A Lithuanian national who was found to be over four times the legal drink drive limit after consuming alcohol with friends in his car.

The 39-year-old’s solicitor told court her client had moved outside to drink after his wife and children had gone to bed and now knew the illegality of his actions.

Vitalijus Kanonovas, of Cowan Street in Newry, pleaded guilty to being in charge with excess alcohol at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on June 2, at 8.15pm, police received a report of three males drinking in a vehicle in the vicinity of John Mitchel Street in Newry.

Officers arrived and spoke to this defendant, who was identified as the owner of the vehicle and found he was four times over the legal limit.

Kanonovas was handed 10 penalty points and was ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15.


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