Drink drive man told police the driver had run off

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A 27-year-old man was given a suspended prison sentence last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court for driving while he was disqualified.

Denis Doyle, Iveagh Crescent, Rathfriland, was also banned from driving for four years.

For driving without insurance he was given a concurrent sentence of four months in custody and a four month ban.

The court heard that in the early hours of November 29 last year police came across a car on the grass verge at Rathfriland Road, Banbridge.

There was no one in the driver’s seat and Doyle, who was one of the persons in the vehicle, said the driver had walked off and he did not know who he was.

Police inquiries revealed that Doyle had been driving while disqualified and without insurance.

The case had been listed as a contest but the defendant changed his plea to guilty.

A barrister representing Doyle said that on January 19 at Armagh his client had been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for five years.

He added that the offences of November 29 pre-dated the others offences at Armagh.

The barrister said that the defendant knew that if he was found behind the wheel of a car again he would be going to prison.

Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady said she would impose a suspended sentence as these offences pre-dated the other offences for which Doyle had received suspended sentences.