Teen disqualified from driving

A Co Tyrone teenager who sped off from police at 100 miles per hour has been disqualified from driving.

Matthew Deery, of 10 Duncan Park, Fintona, pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences, including dangerous driving on Derry’s Strand Road on November 12, last year.

The 18-year-old also admitted having no driving licence, no insurance, speeding, failing to stop and obstructing police.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police pulled up alongside the teenager on the Strand Road and used their blue lights to signal him to stop. He failed to stop and drove off, cutting across four lanes of traffic.

It was revealed he weaved in and out of traffic at 100mph to make his escape, failed to give way at three roundabouts or stop at two sets of traffic lights. Police eventually caught up with Deery in the John Street area of the city and “stung” the car to make it stop.

Defence solicitor Kieran McGuigan accepted his client’s driving was “appalling.”

Disqualifying the teenager from driving for 18 months, District Judge Barney McElholm said: “This was a disgraceful piece of driving and highly dangerous.”

Deery was also fined a total of £800 and given a conditional discharge for two years.