A COURT heard a motorist was “looking at a house” and not keeping his eyes on where he was going before he caused an ‘injury road traffic accident’ on the Cladytown Road near Glarryford.
David McKendry (50) of Carclinty Road, Cullybackey, received a £200 fine and six penalty points for driving without due care and attention.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant’s vehicle was “in the middle of the road” and that another motorist coming in the opposite direction could see that McKendry was “looking at a house” and wasn’t paying attention to the road.
The other motorist tried to pull her vehicle in to the side of the road as much as she could but there was a collision.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said “something caught the eye” of the defendant at a bungalow as he drove along a “very small country road” on which “you could barely pass”.
He said the defendant, a council employee, had been driving for over twenty years with a completely clear licence and wished to apologise.