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A former Tyrone footballer has told a court he consumed only one glass of wine at a wedding following which he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in charge of his BMW.
Owen Mulligan of 83 Church Street, Crookstown, Co Tyrone, denies refusing to give a blood or urine sample to gardai.

Listowel Courthouse
He told Listowel District Court he was unable to give a breath sample because he had broken his ribs playing football.
Three-times All-Ireland winner Owen Mulligan denies he refused to give a blood or urine sample at Listowel Garda Station on August 29th last year.
The 34-year-old BBC GAA pundit says he told gardai about his injury.
Gda Pierce Ferriter, who arrested Mr Mulligan, and Gda Ronan Kelliher, who was operating the intoxiliser, dispute this.
They say Mr Mulligan was aggressive in custody and rude to Dr John Hartnett who attended at the station to take a blood sample.
Mr Mulligan’s solicitor John O’Dwyer says his client is contesting the charge on the grounds that there were discrepancies in the times given of when events occurred by Gda Ferriter and Gda Frank Stafford, who was the member-in-charge that night.
Mr O’Dwyer also claims proper procedure hadn’t been followed and gardai failed to inform Mr Mulligan of his obligation to provide a blood or urine sample when he was unable to provide a breath sample.
Listowel District Court heard Mr Mulligan refused to allow Dr John Hartnett to take a blood sample because he didn’t believe he was a doctor.
The defendant told the court he meant no disrespect to the man but he didn’t look like a doctor and was unsteady on his feet.
Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter and will give his judgement on November 5th.