A MOTORIST told police he crashed in Donaghadee because he had been "rubbing tears" from his eyes.
James McKenna (72), formerly with a Donaghadee address but now with an address at Ligoniel Road in Belfast, put his vehicle on his side after colliding with two stationary vehicles on October 13 last year.
He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention; absence of insurance; making a false declaration to obtain a certificate of insurance and having no driving licence.
A defence solicitor told Newtownards Magistrates' Court a police officer said the defendant had told him the accident had been caused "by rubbing tears from his eyes".
The solicitor added: "He has had a number of deaths in his family and he seems to have been very upset when he was driving".
District Judge Amanda Brady said the defendant had a relevant record and had been given a suspended sentence earlier this year but the offences before the court pre-dated that.
At court on Friday June 10 the defendant was given a four months prison term, suspended for two years; banned from driving for two years and fined £200.