72 year old was driving in the middle of the road

A pensioner who crashed into another car while driving in the middle of the road has been disqualified from driving for three years and fined £400.

John James O’Donnell, of Stoneburn Place, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention of March 2, last year.

The 72-year-old also admitted having no licence or insurance and failing to remain at the scene of the accident.

Derry Magistrates Court was told that after the crash, in which both cars sustained damage, O’Donnell drove off without exchanging details.

He only stopped a short distance away after being followed by the injured party.

It was later confirmed that the pensioner didn’t have a valid licence and as a result the insurance was also invalid.

Defence solicitor Cormac McKeown told the court his client has “chronic” health problems and is no longer “physically capable” of driving.