Ballymena Court hears motorist struck tree and was then involved in another collision less than a mile away

Ballymena Court

POLICE received a report a vehicle had collided with a tree at Victoria Road in Larne and although the motorist had driven on he was involved in another collision less than a mile away.

Mark Bridges (27), of Bay Road Manor, Larne, admitted driving whilst unfit at Old Glenarm Road in the town on September 5 last year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday a prosecutor said during the second collision the defendant’s vehicle had rolled back at a junction.

Bridges’ head was said to have been “rolling from side to side” and when police arrived he was asleep.

His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.

There was damage to his vehicle and the key was broken off in the ignition.

A defence lawyer for Bridges said the defendant had taken a number of substances including drugs he had not been prescribed and wished to apologise.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said a blood test showed a “variety” of drugs and medication.
The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.

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