A MOTORIST who crashed into three parked cars in Carnlough claimed the collision happened when coffee spilled whilst he was driving.
Patrick Begley (20), an apprentice mechanic, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated taking of his girlfriend’s car and causing damage; absence of insurance and a driving licence offence.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court that on September 27 this year police received a report of a multiple vehicle road traffic collision at Harbour Road at Carnlough.
Police observed a male sitting on a wall and the defendant said he was he driver and admitted he crashed into three parked cars after his coffee spilled in the footwell.
The defendant said he had taken his partner’s car without permission.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had remained at the scene and wished to apologise to everybody involved.
The solicitor said the defendant had taken the vehicle out “to get breakfast” and when he came round a corner the coffee spilled and when he went to pick it up there was an accident.
The court heard no one was injured.
The defendant, of Caffrey Park in Belfast, was banned from driving for a year and fined £400.