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Visitor banned from England's roads

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

AN IRISHMAN convicted of drink driving in Woodbridge will still be able to drive his car despite being almost three times over the legal alcohol limit.

AN IRISHMAN convicted of drink driving in Woodbridge will still be able to drive his car despite being almost three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Barry McDermott was found to be drunk when police stopped him on Friday evening.

However although he will be banned from driving in England he is classed as a foreign national and the ban will not apply in his home country.

McDermott appeared before South East Suffolk magistrates in Ipswich accused of driving with excess alcohol.

The 32-year-old computer programmer from Collinstown, Co Westmeath, in the Republic of Ireland, had been in the country over the Christmas period along with his wife.

Anita Addison, prosecuting, told the court that police officers on patrol in Lime Quay Kiln Road, Woodbridge, stopped McDermott because he was driving his Ford Focus with only the fog lights on.

A breath test conducted by police provided a reading of 99 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

John Devine, mitigating, said that his client had been drinking in the Red Lion pub in Martlesham before police stopped him.

As McDermott is technically a foreign national, Mr Devine asked for the unusual step of a financial penalty being imposed as he is not a resident in the UK and was due to return to Ireland yesterday.

McDermott pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £400.

He was banned from driving in the UK for two years, but as he holds an Irish driving licence, he will still be able to drive in his home country.

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