A Derry motorist, who crashed and overturned his car in Culdaff, has been disqualified from driving for two years.
Cormac O’Brien. 28, Mansfield Grove, Ballyarnett appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with driving while exceeding the alcohol limit at The Knock, Culdaff on June 8th, 2014. O’Brien, who turned 20 on June 20th, pleaded guilty to the charge.
Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that at 1am on the date in questions, Gardai Mulkearns and Lambe where on mobile patrol at the Knock, Culdaff when they saw the light from a torch shining down into the road.
Three men were at the scene and when the Gardai stopped, they saw that a Vauxhall Corsa was overturned in the ditch. The Gardai asked the driver to make himself known and O’Brien came forward. He told Gardai the crash had occurred “a couple of minutes” before the Gardai arrived on the scene. The court heard Gda. Mulkearns made “certain observations” and arrested O’Brien. A subsequent breath specimen recorded 45mg per 100ml of breath.
Insp. Murphy said O’Brien, a sports student, had no previous convictions and was “co-operative” with Gardai.
O’Brien, who represented himself, told Judge Paul Kelly he was “very regretful” and it would “never happen again.” He added: “I wasn’t going that fast.”
He told the court the car, which contained two passengers, “rolled” onto its roof when they got out of it.
Judge Kelly told O’Brien he was a “lucky man.”
He fined O’Brien 250 euro and disqualified him from driving for two years.