Ballymena Court hears ambulance taken off road and church wall badly damaged in collision caused by man with Ahoghill address

The collision happened outside this church in Larne. Picture: Google Maps.

A MOTORIST crashed into a stationary ambulance and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a wall at a church, Ballymena Magistrates Court has been told.

One of the ambulance staff was injured and the emergency vehicle had to be taken off the road.

A wall at All Saints Church of Ireland also had to be re-built at an estimated cost of £3,400.

Details emerged at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday as Bruce Brownlee (30), of Trinity Mews in Ahoghill, admitted driving without due care and attention at Linn Road in Larne on November 18, 2019.

A prosecutor said Brownlee, who had a record, was driving a blue-coloured Seat Leon and the collision was captured on CCTV from the ambulance.

The court heard Brownlee was also injured.

Defence barrister Ben Thompson said his instructions were that it was “raining heavily” at the time.

The lawyer said the defendant regretted the incident.

Mr Thompson said a car in front appeared to slow down and Brownlee took “evasive action” to avoid it and then crashed into the ambulance and then into the church wall.

The barrister said there had been “momentary inattention” by the defendant.

The lawyer said Brownlee had been living in Antrim but is moving to Larne.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said photographs of the incident showed a “bad-looking accident with a lot of damage caused”.

Brownlee was given nine penalty points and fined £250.

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