A MAN who crashed a friend’s car at Loughbeg Road near Toome in the early hours of December 30 last year and failed to provide specimens of breath and blood has been banned from the road for 18 months.
Luke Hamill (30), of Crosskeys Road near Ahoghill, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 31 and pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide specimens and obstructing a police officer.
Police had been tasked to a single vehicle road traffic collision and the defendant failed to provide details to police and refused a preliminary breath test on several occasions.
He was taken by ambulance to Antrim Area Hospital and refused to give a specimen of blood.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said it was “a pointless exercise” by the defendant but said that following the incident he had been “significantly dazed”.
Banning Hamill from driving and fining him £500, District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was “very foolish” not to co-operate with police.