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Banned driver leaves court.. and crashes.

Byline: EAMONN MACDERMOTT

A MAN crashed the car he was in 16 minutes after being convicted of drink-driving, a court heard yesterday.

David McCallion was disqualified from being behind the wheel on Monday after being found guilty of driving with excess alcohol and drunk in charge on two separate occasions within the last week. However, he left the court and drove away only to be re-arrested within 16 minutes, Derry Magistrates was told.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed abode, appeared yesterday charged with driving while disqualified, careless driving and failing to stop after an accident on July 27. A police officer told the hearing that McCallion was disqualified from driving for a period of 18 months on Monday after admitting driving with excess alcohol on July 19 and being drunk in charge on July 26.

He said the defendant left the court, got into a vehicle and drove away. Security staff noticed this and switched on cameras. Police then set up a checkpoint which McCallion managed to avoid but he crashed into a parked vehicle and then abandoned the car, throwing the keys under another motor.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said one of the problems was that the defendant had no address to which he could be bailed. District judge Ted Magill said if he had to pass sentence without the benefit of a presentence report it would be immediate prison.

The judge bailed McCallion to an address approved by the PSNI. The case was adjourned until August 25.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2020
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