Ahoghill motorist drove off whilst police officer was 'leaning in' to get keys

Ahoghill motorist drove off whilst police officer was 'leaning in' to get keys

A COURT has heard an Ahoghill man drove off whilst a police officer was "leaning in" to his car to get the keys.

Brandon Thompson (20), of Brookfield Gardens, committed offences on February 25 last year, Ballymena Magistrates' Court (main picture) heard.

He admitted driving dangerously at Island Road near Ballymena; possessing cannabis with intent to supply; possession of cannabis and possessing 'criminal property' - cash.

He also had a small amount of cannabis on May 31 last year.

A prosecutor said an officer suffered scratches, bruising and "tenderness" to his arm and a bump on his head.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the officer was fortunate not to have been more badly hurt.

The court heard the defendant told police he had driven off because he knew he had "drugs".

The prosecutor said they were not challenging the defendant's claim that the intent to supply related to "supplying friends".

It was heard £100 was found in his possession and in a follow-up search £410 was discovered.

The judge directed that the money be given to a charity dealing with drugs issues.

A defence barrister said the defendant developed a cannabis addiction and had been buying drugs for himself and friends and using any profit to fund his own habit.

Regarding the driving, the lawyer said that thankfully the vehicle had not driven very far.

The defendant was told he was fortunate not to be jailed and was ordered to do 200 hours of Community Service and was banned from driving for a year.