A MOTORIST who spun a van whilst leaving Dunsilly Roundabout near Antrim and ended up facing the wrong way was spotted by an off-duty police officer, Antrim Magistrates Court sitting in Ballymena, was told.
Ayyub Aghazada (25), from Antrim, was sentenced on charges including dangerous driving, excess speed, insurance and MOT matters.
A prosecutor said that at 7.20am on March 13 this year an off duty police officer saw a van travelling at at Dunsilly Roundabout and as it joined the Lisnevenagh Road at “high speed” it lost control and spun 180 degrees.
It ended up mounting a grass verge, facing the wrong way “on the dual-carriageway”.
The prosecutor said the defendant immediately “spun his wheels” and turned 180 degrees and drove towards Ballymena.
The off-duty officer followed and saw the defendant travelling at speed doing “continual” undertakes and overtakes “within inches of other motorists”.
Police control was notified and in the Ballee area the defendant was on the wrong side of the road on a “blind bend”.
When the vehicle stopped an officer approached and cautioned the defendant who said he was sorry.
The prosecutor said the defendant told police he “had an argument” with his girlfriend and was “rushing to see her”.
On March 8 last year the defendant was caught using a Mercedes without insurance on the M2.
Another insurance offence was detected at 2.10am on October 31 last year at High Street in Antrim and a Mercedes was seized by police.
On March 19 this year the defendant was caught speeding at 92mph in a 70mph zone on the Lisnevenagh Road in a van without MOT.
The court heard the defendant already had nine penalty points on his licence for using a phone and two speeding offences.
In relation to March 13 the defence lawyer said the it happened at 7.20am when there would have been “few other road users”.
The solicitor told the court: “The reason why he was in such a flap was because he had a fight with his girlfriend” .
A defence solicitor said in March 2020 on a day out the defendant’s father had felt unwell and he had taken over the wheel and felt his insurance covered him to drive but he wasn’t as he was under 25 at the time.
Regarding October 31 the lawyer said the defendant had insurance but it had been switched to another vehicle when a mechanical problem developed.
He had then taken out the original vehicle to see if it was roadworthy and had not moved the insurance back.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “Your driving quite frankly is appalling and your lack of regard to the road traffic regulations does you no credit”.
The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £720.