Jailed for ‘shocking’ driving

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

A man who admitted a ‘shocking piece’ of dangerous driving has been jailed for three months.

Mark Anthony Paul McCallion, of Carnhill, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, having no insurance, no ‘L’ plates, and being an unaccompanied driver.

The charges relate to an incident in the Racecourse Road area on April 27.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police noticed a car driving dangerous and approached it with blue flashing lights.

The 30-year-old looked straight at police and took off at speed.

He continued to drive in a dangerous manner with no regard for pedestrians or children in the area.

At one point McCallion drove on the wrong side of a traffic island causing oncoming traffic to stop.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter said her client is a qualified mechanic, but has lost his job because of his driving record.

He added that his client loves cars and he would not be before the court if he could stay away from them.

Ms Coulter said McCallion has ‘expressed considerable regret for his reckless actions’.

Jailing the 30-year-old, Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy said it was a ‘shocking piece of driving’ and he could have caused serious injury or damage to himself and other road users.

He added McCallion had not learned a lesson from previous driving offences.

The judge disqualified the 30-year-old from driving for 12 months and fined him £200.