Motoring offences detected after man had taken 'dog out' late at night to 'clear his head'

Motoring offences detected after man had taken 'dog out' late at night to 'clear his head'

A MAN who said he had taken a dog out late at night "to clear his head" was spoken to by police at 12.30am on January 14, 2020, at Ballyrickard Road near Larne and motoring offences were detected.

William John Smyth (36), a roofer of Drumhoy Drive, Carrickfergus, admitted charges of taking a vehicle without authority and insurance and driving licence offences.

A defence lawyer said it had been a "silly decision" for the defendant to "borrow" his wife's car.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall said it was the defendant's third insurance conviction and banned him from driving for six months and fined him £550.

  • Main image: Stock picture of a dog.