A MAN under the influence of drugs sped off from police who saw him driving without lights on and he then smashed into a crash barrier in the area of Larne Road Roundabout in Ballymena.
Anton Weir (26), of Drumtara in Ballymena, committed offences in June this year.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court on October 4 the defendant had admitted driving dangerously on roads including Wakehurst Road and Liminary Road, Ballymena.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing Xanax; driving whilst unfit and absence of insurance and a driving licence.
He was back in court on November 1 for sentencing.
A prosecutor said that just before midnight on a June night this year police saw a vehicle being driven without lights illuminated in the Harryville area but the vehicle then sped up and crossed into the oncoming lane and also drove on the wrong side of the road at Pennybridge Industrial Estate before hitting a crash barrier near the Liminary Road junction.
Police saw the defendant getting out of the vehicle and he was unsteady on his feet.
A blood sample showed drugs.
At first the defendant had denied driving and said he was a rear seat passenger and that others were in the vehicle.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client was a “very low ebb” and in a “bad place” at the time of the offences but is now drug free.
The lawyer said Weir panicked when he saw the police’s flashing lights and thankfully neither he or anyone else were hurt.
Banning the defendant from driving for three years; ordering him to do 120 hours of unpaid work and fining him £50, District Judge Nigel Broderick said Weir was lucky he had not killed either himself or somebody else after speeding away from police.