A MAN who crashed his brother’s car in the early hours in the Tullygarley area of Ballymena was told by a judge if he had hit anyone there could have been a fatality.
William McCarthy (29) with an address listed as Shetland Gardens in Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted charges including driving without due care and attention.
The court was told the defendant was using a Volkswagen Golf without his brother’s consent and in the middle of the night on February 3 this year McCarthy lost control at a roundabout at Tullygarley Road and collided with railings near a shop.
The car was ‘written off’ by insurers for the sum of £4,600 and £430 worth of damage was caused to the railings.
The defendant told police he lost control due to the road conditions being frosty.
A defence lawyer said McCarthy had been unable to sleep “due to his personal circumstances” and had been using the car and understands he had been “irresponsible” but was very remorseful.
The court was told the defendant is an agricultural cleaner who cleans hen houses.
District Judge Liam McNally said it was a “very bad piece of driving” and said if anybody else had been hit by McCarthy there could well have been a death.
The defendant was banned from driving for four months and was fined £400.