Uninsured motorist claimed he took the wheel after car owner fell and was ‘dizzy’

Ballymena Court

AN uninsured motorist claimed he took the wheel because the owner of the car slipped and fell and was dizzy, Ballymena Magistrates Court.

On another occasion the defendant took the car to get to his work.

Matthew Doey (22), of Arran Avenue, Ballymena, was at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday in connection with incidents detected on October 15 and November 6 last year.

The October offences occured at Larne Road Link in Ballymena and he admitted being uninsured, a driving licence offence and possession of fireworks without a licence.

Fireworks were found next to the spare wheel.

In November he was caught doing 60mph in a 30mph zone at Broughshane Road in Ballymena and he was was uninsured and was an unaccompanied driver.

He had also taken the woman’s car without authority.

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said Doey was a friend of the owner of the vehicle.

The court heard the fireworks were bought from a friend for “his own amusement”.

The defendant was banned from driving for six months and fined £700.

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