‘Insomniac’ drove to McDonald’s in Ballymena to get coffee and was then nabbed for no insurance by alert police officers

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Ballymena Courthouse

A 70-year-old retired farmer with insomnia had travelled to the McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena to get coffee when he was detected in an uninsured car.

Alexander Shaw, of Martinstown Road in the Glenravel area, was spotted in September last year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday he pleaded guilty to charges of using a vehicle without insurance and failing to produce his driving licence.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant already had six penalty points for an insurance offence and with the new matter bringing him to 12 points he faced a ban.

Mr Moore said the defendant did have insurance for another vehicle but had taken a different vehicle into Ballymena.

The defendant was fined £300 and banned from driving for two weeks by District Judge Nigel Broderick.

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