Motorist (77) in court for reversing into vehicle at filling station

A 77-year-old man who had gone to a filling station to collect his daughter who worked there has been given three penalty points and fined £100 for careless driving.

Colin Wright of Suffolk Square in Antrim reversed into another vehicle at the Maxol garage at the town’s Ballymena Road on December 15 last year.

At Antrim Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without due care and attention.

The court heard the defendant, a former lorry driver, had been driving since 1966 with a clear record which prompted District Judge Nigel Broderick to say that he was “slightly surprised” the case had reached court.

A prosecutor said it was alleged there may have been two or three low impact contacts causing damage to the other vehicle.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said up until now the pensioner had a “blemish-free” driving career.

Judge Broderick said he could give the defendant credit for his long incident-free driving career and his early guilty plea.

The judge accepted that at its height there may have been more than one reversing manoeuvre but the impacts were of low velocity.

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