Drug-fuelled teens take van then crash into fence at Cullybackey

Ballymena Court
Ballymena Court.

TWO teenagers under the influence of drugs who took a van which was found crashed into a fence a short distance away with £600 worth of damage have each admitted a number of offences.

Jordan Stewart (19), of Kilmakevit Road, Cullybackey, and a youth, who can’t be named because of his age, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on November 1 in connection with an incident which happened in March this year.

Stewart pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit; aggravated taking of a van belonging to his dad; absence of insurance and a driving licence offence.

The youth admitted offences of driving whilst unfit; aggravated taking of the van; absence of insurance and being a disqualified driver by virtue of his age.

When police saw the crashed van the two defendants were standing outside it and were under the under the influence, being unsteady on their feet and their speech was slurred.

Stewart told police he had taken cannabis and Xanax and the youth said he had a “concoction” of drugs.

Stewart’s solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client had taken his father’s keys and the van had only been driven a matter of yards with the intention being to go for a “short spin” up the Shellinghill Road.

Lawyer Garret McCann for the youth said his client did not remember much about what happened.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was fortunate neither of the two youths or anybody else was injured and he hoped they had learned a valuable lesson.

Both defendants were banned from the road for a year; given a one year conditional discharge and also fined.

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