Drink driver told that he ‘should have listened to his parents’

Craigavon Court House.
Craigavon Court House.

When he saw police, a drink driver reversed at speed for 100m and collided with a wall, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Matthew McInerney (24), Cherrytree Walk, Lurgan, was fined £150 and banned for 12 months for driving with excess alcohol on February 1 this year. He was also fined £100 and banned for 12 months for dangerous driving.

The court heard that just before 2am, police went to a disturbance at Cherrytree Walk.

The defendant was in the driver’s side of the car, and he reversed at speed away from police for about 100 metres, before he mounted a kerb and collided with a wall.

He failed a preliminary test, and an evidential test gave a reading of 90. A barrister for McInerney said he had come home and was very intoxicated. He decided to go out again, and his parents tried to talk him out of it.

She added that he only drove four houses away from his parents’ house. He had no previous convictions.

District Judge, Mr Desmond Perry, told the defendant he should have listened to his parents.