Motorist fined after cutting in front of convoy of PSNI landrovers

Motorist fined after cutting in front of convoy of PSNI landrovers

A MOTORIST who cut in front of a convoy of PSNI landrovers causing the lead vehicle to brake sharply to avoid a collision has been given six penalty points and a £150 fine.

Arvan Caballero (49), of Donegall Road, Belfast, admitted driving without due care and attention on the M2 motorway near Templepatrick on May 9 this year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, a convoy of four police landrovers were on the motorway after 10pm and there was signage saying the motorway was closed and all traffic had to leave at Junction 5.

There were cones in the distance funneling traffic which closed the overtaking area.

The prosecutor said the defendant passed the police and after "diving" into their lane the front PSNI vehicle had to brake sharply to avoid a collision.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had no previous record or penalty points.

He said the defendant was a care worker in Antrim who had just finished a 12 hour shift and was on his way home to Belfast.

The lawyer said the defendant saw the police convoy and thought they were trying to slow traffic down but when he realised they weren't he tried to overtake.

He had then noticed the traffic cones and tried to pull in.