Person attends hospital after soldier crashed car 'into ditch' at Dunsilly roundabout

Person attends hospital after soldier crashed car 'into ditch' at Dunsilly roundabout

A SOLDIER who crashed a car into a ditch at Dunsilly Roundabout near Antrim town in the early hours of February 9 this year said he had veered off the road after trying to correct a skid on a slippy surface.

Cameron Pinnock (19), of Lalley Avenue at Aldergrove military base, admitted driving without due care and attention.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court police received a report of a single vehicle collision at 5.20am at Ballymena Road, Antrim.

The defendant said he was the owner and driver of the vehicle which was "in a ditch" with "substantial damage".

A preliminary breath test was negative.

There had been two passengers, one of whom had to go to hospital.

The prosecutor said both passengers "refused to give statements to police".

She said the defendant told police at an interview the standard of his driving could be deemed careless.

A defence barrister said fortunately no other motorists were inconvenienced.

The defendant had a previously clear record.

The lawyer said the defendant serves in the army and a lieutenant had written a reference on his behalf.

The lawyer said the defendant, originally from England, drives fuel trucks for the military and the loss of his licence would impact on his work

The barrister said it was a case involving a "young inexperienced driver".

The defendant was given five penalty points and fined £200.

  • Main picture: The collision is understood to have happened in this general area. General scene picture from Google Maps.