Crash because defendant was on wrong side of road

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A 23-year-old man who drove on the wrong side of the road and caused an accident was banned from driving for 12 months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Simonas Rutkauskas, Lakeview Court, Craigavon, was also fined £200.

The court heard that on June 7 this year at 8pm the injured party was driving along the Old Lurgan Road, Portadown.

As he approached a junction a car, driven by the defendant, was coming towards him on the wrong side of the road.

The injured party tried to swerve but there was a collision which caused considerable damage and the victim had to be taken by ambulance to hospital with injuries to his shoulder and neck.

The defendant told police he didn’t know how he crashed.

CCTV showed clearly he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Rutkauskas pleaded guilty himself in the court.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said that after the ban ended the defendant would have to sit and pass the appropriate driving test before he could get back on the road.