Motorist admits dangerous driving and being ‘unfit’ at wheel following collision near Cullybackey

The court heard there had been a collision at Redford Road near Cullybackey. Picture: Google Maps

A MOTORIST who drove dangerously and was at the wheel whilst being unfit at Redford Road, Cullybackey, has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Ronald Cahela (48), was detected at Redford Road near Cullybackey on November 8 last year.

The defendant’s address on that charge sheet was Waveney Mews, Ballymena.

He was also detected driving whilst unfit at Shanes Hill Road near Larne on July 12 this year.

His address on that charge sheet was Herbert Avenue, Larne.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the three charges he faced.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court there was a two vehicle collision at Redford Road at 10.45am on November 8.

She said a Seat vehicle driven by the defendant was on the wrong side of the road and had collided with a Mercedes.

The defendant told police he had smoked cannabis the night before. A blood sample contained a number of drugs including cocaine and MDMA.

Regarding July 12 this year the prosecutor said police were tasked to Shanes Hill Road at 10.30pm after a report that a vehicle – a jeep – had left the road and was on its side.

The defendant had an alcohol reading of 53.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant, an American, fully accepts there is an “alcohol issue”.

She said he had moved to Larne recently and “had no alcohol since the 13th of July”.

As well as the 16 months driving ban the defendant was fined £500.

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