Toomebridge motorist is banned from driving for three years

Toomebridge motorist is banned from driving for three years

A MOTORIST from the Toomebridge area who crashed on a 'trip to a shop' has been banned from driving for three years and fined £500.

Padraig Jonathan McCoy (26), of Loughbeg Road, admitted charges of failing to stop and report an accident near a roundabout at Toome and also failed to provide a specimen of breath to police on March 20 this year.

Police found the vehicle abandoned, with airbags deployed, and blocking the inside lane on the approach to the roundabout at the A6.

The defendant's wallet was in the centre console and it matched the last registered owner of the vehicle.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, a witness in a nearby car park said the defendant - who they knew from school - had been driving.

The court heard McCoy - said to be working in Stornoway in Scotland as a plasterer - told police the car had ran out of fuel and he left it at the side of the road.

When police went to his address he appeared to be intoxicated but refused to provide a sample of breath to officers. His DNA was found on the airbag.

Defence solicitor Garret McCann said the defendant had been drinking in the house and decided to go to a shop to get something to eat but crashed and there was "panic".