Drink driver crashed into wall

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A drink driver who crashed the car he was driving into a wall has had a five month jail term suspended for two years.

Michael McLaughlin, of Gogarty Close, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol and driving whilst disqualified.

The 32-year-old also admitted having no insurance on March 6.

Derry Magistrates Court heard McLaughlin caused damage to two cars and a wall in Macneice Close while he was drink driving. It was also revealed the car belonged to the 32-year-old’s wife and he didn’t have permission to drive it.

A defence solicitor told the court his client was ‘drinking a lot of alcohol at this particular time’ but is ‘now trying to get his life back in order.

Suspending the five month sentence, Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said McLaughlin was avoiding an immediate custodial sentence by a ‘whisker’.

He also disqualified the 32-year-old from driving for five years.