Teen fined for dangerous driving

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A learner driver drove dangerously fifteen minutes after buying his car, a court has heard.

Michael John Kennedy, of Moyola Drive, pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences including dangerous driving and having no insurance.

The charges relate to an incident on the Branch Road on August 7, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police tried to stop the 19-year-old as he drove on the Buncrana Road.

The teen drove onto a nearby roundabout and didn’t give way to oncoming traffic, causing a number of cars to break sharply.

The court heard that Kennedy was only apprehended in November last year and made full admissions during interview.

Seamus Quigley, defending, told the court the 19-year-old had only bought the car 15 minutes before the offences were committed.

District Judge Barney McElholm fined Kennedy £400 and disqualified him from driving for a year.