A MAN who was taking flowers from a garden centre to a community group crashed after driving through a red traffic light.
Patrick Frew (50), of Rosemount, Cloughmills, admitted a charge of driving without care and attention.
On June 3 this year there was a three vehicle collision at traffic lights at the junction of Charles Street and Market Street in Ballymoney.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Friday, the defendant had driven a van through a red light and collided with a Ford Kuga causing frontal damage to his vehicle.
The court heard the defendant told police: “I wasn’t thinking. My mind was elsewhere. I apologise”.
A prosecutor said a third vehicle, which was behind the Kuga, was also struck and was damaged on a front nearside panel.
District Judge Peter King said the defendant was “fortunate” not to be facing a dangerous driving charge.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said thankfully there were no injuries reported.
He said the defendant had been taking flowers from a garden centre to a community group.
The lawyer said the defendant had been driving for many years without incident.
Judge King said it was a “higher end careless driving and given the fact that the rtc occurred jumping a red light Mr Frew can consider himself fortunate”.
The defendant was given seven penalty points and fined £350.