Court hears Cullybackey motorist 'accelerated towards' female

Court hears Cullybackey motorist 'accelerated towards' female

A CULLYBACKEY motorist who "accelerated towards" a female who feared she was going to be struck has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Dylan Greer (22), of Tobar Park, admitted charges of 'assault' and careless driving in relation to the Lowtown Terrace area of the village on March 5 this year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court the female was not struck by the vehicle.

Meanwhile, in January 22 this year the defendant left the scene of a three vehicle collision at Linenhall Street in Ballymena.

One of the other drivers had recorded Greer on a mobile phone and police recognised the defendant from the image.

Greer admitted failing to remain and report a collision.

Around 1am on March 11 this year he sped up as he approached a police checkpoint at Main Street in Cullybackey and despite being signalled to come to a halt he failed to stop before abandoning the vehicle at Kilmakevit Square in the village.

On May 12 this year the defendant failed to stop for police in Cullybackey and failed to provide a blood sample.

Police had received reports about a vehicle in Cullybackey and he made off at speed after blue lights were activated.

It was raining and he had gone through a junction on the "wrong side" of the road and proceeded "at high speed" before being caught at a "dead end" - Lowtown Terrace.

There was a strong smell of cannabis but Greer refused to provide a sample of blood in custody.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant had a "difficulty" with misuse of substances including cannabis.

He said Greer instructed he was "currently drug free".

The lawyer accepted there had been a "complete disregard for the rules of the road".

Greer was given a four months prison sentence, suspended for 18 months; was banned from driving for 18 months and was fined £450.