Man bailed after crashing into front door of Derry home

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A 28 year-old Derry man accused of crashing a car into a house while more than twice the legal alcohol limit has been given bail after appearing at the local Magistrate’s Court.

Sam McGinley, of 26 Argyle Street, faces charges of dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, failing to stop, failing to report and failing to remain at the scene of the crash at Cornshell Fields on Sunday last. He faces a further charge of assaulting a man at the scene. Opposing bail, a police officer said she was concerned that the accused may interfere with witnesses or flee the jurisdiction.

She told the court there there was significant damage to the car, which belonged to the accused, and the “structural integrity” of the house.

She said that after offering to pay for any damage at the scene, the defendant then intimidated a witness when he urged them not to call the police. She said he attempted to punch a witness. She said the accused was “very remorseful” for his actions during police interview and stated that he drank “a couple of vodkas and a couple of beers”. He denied an assault charge, she said. She said the accused said he had seen a male with whom he had a long-running feud driving a van and drove at around 35-40mph to evade him before losing control of the vehicle. Bail was granted with several conditions. The case was adjourned to Derry Magistrate’s Court on November 14.