Uninsured motorist made off from police along narrow road with ‘blind bends’

The incident happened at Ballybrack Road near Cushendun. Picture: Google Maps

AN uninsured motorist who failed to stop for a pursuing police vehicle along a narrow road with “blind” bends in wet conditions in the Glens has been banned from driving for two months and fined £475.

Gareth McHugh (27), an apprentice electrician of Knocknacarry Road, Cushendun, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court and admitted offences including failing to stop for police at Knocknacarry Road in the Cushendun area.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Ballybrack Road; using a Volkswagen Golf without insurance and a licence-related charge.

A prosecutor said police observed the the vehicle at 9.15pm on July 21 this year and when they discovered it was uninsured they turned around and activated siren and lights.

The prosecutor said the defendant failed to stop and drove along a road which was only wide enough for one vehicle.

Conditions were wet and the defendant had driven at a speed of between 50-60mph for around a mile before halting.

He told police he had driven off because of the absence of insurance.

A defence lawyer said the defendant made full and frank admissions and that after spotting police he had decided to attempt to flee in a “moment of panic”.

The lawyer said the defendant was “lucky” he had not collided with any other road user.

He said McHugh was due to start a job in Dublin.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “Thankfully, there was no accident or collision”.

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