Court in Ballymena hears motorist continued driving in field after crashing through hedge

An incident happened at Moneynick Road.

A MOTORIST continued driving in a field after crashing through a hedge following a house party, Antrim Magistrates Court sitting in Ballymena, was told.

Following the incident at Moneynick Road near Randalstown Travis Newell (21) later crashed the Ford Fiesta into the rear of an Audi Q3 at a petrol station forecourt in Randalstown.

A prosecutor told the court, which was sitting in Ballymena, that at 11am on December 19 last year police received a report of a suspected unfit driver when minor paint damage was caused to the Audi in a collision.

Police spoke to Newell (21), of Moygashel Court in Moygashel, County Tyrone, and a passenger. There was a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

Both males were unsteady on their feet, had slurred speech and were confused.

Newell admitted being the driver and said he had been drinking that morning.

The prosecutor added: “Further enquiries at the garage revealed the vehicle had collided with a hedgerow on the Moneynick Road before driving through the field below the hedge”.

The Fiesta had “substantial damage” to the front and driver’s side

The defendant appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison and had previously pleaded guilty to charges including driving whilst unfit; driving whilst disqualified and aggravated taking of a Fiesta.

A defence barrister said Newell, who “often gets himself associated with negative peers,” had been at “a house party”.

Newell was given a four months jail term, suspended for 18 months, and was banned from driving for three years.

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