A young driver who failed to stop for police and who drove dangerously near a primary school in Coleraine was “late for work”.
Police saw Stefan Morrow (19), of Lever Road in Portstewart, get into a vehicle shortly after 9am on October 26 this year.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on December 10 that at one stage the defendant appeared to stop for police who were using flashing lights and siren but Morrow then reversed dangerously almost colliding with a vehicle.
The defendant’s vehicle then mounted a kerb and footpath and momentarily got stuck but then drove off with tyres screeching” near a primary school.
The Volkswagen Bora vehicle was owned by the defendant’s father and Morrow said he took it whilst his dad was asleep because he was “late for work”.
The defendant admitted charges including dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; being uninsured; being an unaccompanied learner driver and failing to display L plates.
Defence solicitor Denise Gillan said during the incident a wheel arch lining came loose and a scraping noise made the car sound louder.
She said her client fixes lawnmowers and on the day in question he was late and wanting to get there as quickly as possible he “took a chance”.
District Judge Peter King said it was an “inauspicious” start to the defendant’s driving career and he said the convictions meant he would now most likely find insurance prices “eye-watering”.
Morrow was banned from driving for a year and fined £525.