Behaved ‘like a lunatic’


A man who rammed his car into police station gates has been told his behaviour was that of a ‘lunatic’.

District Judge Peter King made the comment as 24-year-old Ciaran Peter Anthony McGeoghegan appeared at Derry Magistrates Court.

McGeoghegan, of Belvoir Park, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and criminal damage on March 18.

The court heard that shortly after midnight the 24-year-old drove up to security gates at Strand Road police station and shouted ‘orange b*******’.

He then rammed the gates with the car, causing £650 worth of damage.

McGeoghegan was arrested and he asked the officers ‘what kept you, were you having your tea? I did that on purpose’. A breath test was conducted which gave a reading of 78mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Defence counsel Paul Kearney told the court his clients behaviour was ‘deranged and idiotic’.

He said the 24-year-old had been on the drink for four days prior to this and had been ‘falsely identified’ by police for being involved in another matter.

Suspending a three month jail term for two years, District Judge Peter King said it was ‘absolutely lunatic behaviour’. He warned McGeoghegan ‘these are not the times to be driving cars at police stations’.

The judge also fined the 24-year-old £300, ordered him to pay £650 compensation to the PSNI and disqualified him from driving for three years.