Motorist (52) who ‘never felt confident enough to take driving test’ is caught behind wheel on ‘way to shops’

A MAN (52) who, according to his solicitor, had a provisional driving licence a number of years ago but “never felt confident enough to take the test” claimed he was only behind the wheel to nip to the shop after his partner was feeling unwell.

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard that when police spoke to Patrick Joseph McCarry, of Rockend in Corkey, at Corkey Road he admitted he had no driving licence or insurance for the Audi A4 and said: “What else can I say, I’m sorry”.

The offences were detected at noon on June 26 this year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the defendant received a suspended sentence for the “same offence” in 2017.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said the defendant’s partner didn’t feel well on June 26 this year and McCarry had driven about 100 yards from the house whilst on a one mile trip to a shop when police spoke to him and the car was seized.

Judge Broderick banned the defendant from driving for a year and fined him £150.

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