Court hears of County Down man's 'moment of madness'

Court hears of County Down man's 'moment of madness'

A 21-YEAR-OLD from Donaghadee has admitted driving offences which, according to a defence lawyer, were as a result of a "moment of madness".

Dylan Paden, an apprentice painter, of Edward Street, committed offences on February 3 this year.

He admitted driving with excess alcohol at Millisle; aggravated taking of a vehicle and causing damage; absence of insurance and being an unaccompanied L driver without L plates.

Newtownards Magistrates' Court (main picture) was told a vehicle crashed through a fence.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had taken a relative's vehicle and although an insurance company had paid out "the insurance company are now coming after Mr Paden for an amount in the region of £15,000".

The lawyer said it was a "moment of madness" and "completely out of character" and the defendant is "going to have a heavy price to pay".

The lawyer said Paden "apologised unreservedly" to his relative.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year; given a two year conditional discharge and fined £260.