Ballymena Court: Man is banned and fined for failing to give information in relation to early morning collision in which several parked cars were damaged

A PROSECUTOR told Ballymena Magistrates Court a man from the Glenarm area failed to give information to police in relation to who was driving his vehicle which had collided with and damaged a number of parked cars at Carson Street in Larne at 6.30 in the morning and failed to stop.

The collision happened on March 13, 2018, the court was told.

The case went ahead in the absence of the defendant who was charged with failing to give information about a driver; obstructing an officer and permitting no insurance.

The defendant was Philip Murphy (31), of Deerpark Road, Glenarm.

The prosecutor said police attended a road traffic collision at Carson Street and it was established the driver was another man named by witnesses. Police then spoke to the owner of the vehicle – Philip Murphy – who failed to answer questions.

The court heard the actual driver was located a short distance away at Carson Street and police believed he was intoxicated and when arrested he gave a no comment interview.

Meanwhile, in another case involving Murphy, insurance and licence matters were detected after police stopped the defendant in Larne in October last year.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £700.

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