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Man took car out to see if was ‘running well’ and then caused a collision

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A man who caused a crash on a road near Portstewart said the uninsured car with no MOT he was driving was about to be sold and he had taken it out to see if it was “running as it should”, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard on Friday.

Stephen Patrick O’Hara (49), of Dunsuivnish Grange, Portstewart, caused a collision after pulling out of Roselick Road onto Cromore Road on January 5 this year.

He pleaded guilty to to the charges he faced and was given six penalty points and fined £400.

The court heard the defendant thought he could proceed onto the Cromore Road but he caused a collision which made the car’s airbags go off which left him “very shocked”.

It was said the defendant “normally took pride in the manner of his driving”.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the vehicle was a “fixer-upper” and O’Hara had made a “very foolish mistake”.

The lawyer said the defendant had another car which was fully insured.

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