THE number of drivers caught under the influence of drink or drugs in Mid Ulster has reached a ‘disgusting’ level.
That was the blunt appraisal by local police who were reacting to a court case last week, in which a Coagh driver appealed his sentence for crashing his car under the influence of drugs, but was instead handed a increased term in jail.
Anthony Lawn (44) of Bridgend, Coagh was attempting to have a six month prison sentence suspended or replaced by a Probation Order, but the gamble backfired.
Judge Fowler said prison sentences “have to be imposed in cases of this type” before adding, “The number of deaths on the roads in this division is atrocious, and involves a combination of speed, drink and drugs. There is a need for deterrent.”
The ruling won the praise of the PSNI who posted on social media, “Arrested by ourselves, prosecuted and found guilty, didn’t like his sentence so thought it would be a good idea to appeal.
“The judge thought otherwise, sentence increased.
“We say it time and again, the level of drink driving / drug driving in Mid Ulster is disgusting.”