McTaggart jailed for driving offences

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

A man who stole a car to get fast food has been jailed for two months.

Eamon Rory Owen McTaggart, whose address was given on court papers as c/o Maghaberry Prison, pleaded guilty to taking a car without authority, driving whilst unfit and having no licence or insurance.

The 23-year-old also admitted being unable to control the vehicle, failing to wear a seat belt and having no vehicle test certificate.

The charges relate to an incident on the Strand Road on September 27, 2012.

Derry Magistrates Court was told McTaggart was driving along the road at between five and ten miles per hour.

He stopped in the middle of the road, before accelerating and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police saw that he was eating and stopped the car. It was parked at an angle and was obstructing the carriageway.

A breath test was carried out and failed and McTaggart was arrested. The car was later reported as stolen.

During police interview, the 23-year-old claimed he was loaned the car and he believed he was insured to drive it.

Paddy MacDermott, defending, said the car belong to a friend of McTaggart’s ex-partner and he took the keys to go to McDonald’s.

He said the 23-year-old has difficulties with drink and drugs but is ‘anxious to get clean and sober and get on with his life’.

Jailing McTaggart, District Judge Barney McElholm also fined him a total of £1,300 and ordered an immediate warrant on the fines.