Suspended jail term for 'unfit' Bangor motorist who had driven dangerously on Boxing Day

Suspended jail term for 'unfit' Bangor motorist who had driven dangerously on Boxing Day

A BANGOR man who admitted dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit in the town on Boxing Day last year has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Richard John Mailey (62), of Manor Avenue, committed offences on December 26, 2021.

Regarding the same date he also pleaded guilty to failing to stop, remain and report a collision.

A prosecutor said the defendant had driven without headlights after 9pm at Abbey Street and when traffic lights turned green he failed to drive on.

After a few moments he took off, swerving towards oncoming traffic and at Belfast Road swerved back into his own lane, striking three parked vehicles.

On occasions he drove on the wrong side of the road.

Police found the vehicle had "severe damage" in the driveway at his home.

Police could not get into the property and when they forced entry the defendant was arrested.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was "the victim of a very significant attack in 2004 which totally changed his life" and he was on prescribed medication.

He said the defendant believed the medication mixed with alcohol and Mailey had "very little recollection of the drive home" but he fully accepts what happened.

"He was devastated by his own behaviour," added the lawyer.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court (main picture), District Judge Mark Hamill, said it was an "appalling example of drink driving" and "an appalling example of putting the public in danger".

He said Mailey was fortunate he "didn't kill anybody".

The judge told the defendant he had "rendered himself, in effect, uninsurable" and said the defendant would need a "lottery" win to pay for cover.

Mailey was given an eight months prison term, suspended for three years; banned from driving for two years and fined £400.