Took grandmother’s car without consent

A drunken teenager who took his grandmother’s car and crashed it was banned from driving for 12 months last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 7:00 am

Dylan Mawhinney (19), whose address was given as Clanrolla Park, Craigavon, was also fined £300 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy for excess alcohol in his breath on May 26 this year.

For not having insurance he was fined £300 and banned for 12 months while a £150 fine was imposed for aggravated taking of a vehicle without the consent of the owner.

He was also fined £100 for not having a licence.

The court heard that a police foot patrol saw a car which had crashed into signage at the Rushmere roundabout in Craigavon.

Mawhinney approached them and said he had taken the car without his grandmother’s permission.

There was a smell of intoxicating liquor from him and he failed a preliminary breath test.

On his way to the custody suite he told police: “I went into a f—king signpost.”

An evidential breath test gave a reading of 55 - the legal limit is 35 - and Mawhinney made full admissions.

Miss Siun Downey, representing the defendant, said her client was amassing quite a record and taking his grandmother’s car was an extremely foolish thing to do.

Mawhinney appeared on the videolink and a forthwith warrant was issued for the fines.