Ballymena Court hears man told police he was ‘John Smith’

The court heard there was an incident in the Old Coach Road area. Picture: Google Maps.

A MAN who falsely give his name to police as ‘John Smith’ has been fined £150 for obstruction, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Michael Anthony McFarlane (33) committed the offence on June 15, 2019, in the Templepatrick area.

The defendant entered a guilty plea. A prosecutor said on June 15 police received a report of a crashed vehicle at Old Coach Road in Templepatrick.

The prosecutor said the vehicle had crashed into a verge and sustained “heavy damage”.

There were no occupants in the vehicle when police arrived but witnesses said they saw four people walking towards Templepatrick and police stopped four males in the same area around half an hour later.

It was raining heavily and they claimed they came from a house party and said they knew nothing of the vehicle.

Police said all of the group appeared intoxicated and after providing their names McFarlane gave his name as ‘John Smith’.

When his correct name came to light it was established he was the registered keeper and owner of the crashed vehicle.

A defence barrister said the response to the police officer “left a lot to be desired whether he thought he was being terribly smart or not”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick fined the defendant, from Carlisle Parade in Belfast, £150.

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