Gave his friend’s details to the police

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When he was stopped while driving a van a 24-year-old disqualified driver gave his friend’s details to police, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday.

Christopher McCandless, Kane Terrace, Dromara, was fined £150 and banned for four months for driving while disqualified on October 9 this year.

He was also fined £50 for obstructing police and £50 for not having a vehicle test certificate while he was ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that when he stopped in the van on Main Street, Scarva, he gave false details to police, giving them his friend’s details. Further police inquiries revealed the identity of the defendant and that fact that he had been disqualified from for 18 months in August of last year.

A solicitor representing the defendant said the disqualification is due to end in February of next year.

He explained that the van belonged to the defendant but there was a problem with it and he went to see if he could fix it.

The solicitor added that when he was stopped by police he panicked and gave another person’s details.