During a party an 18 year old man took a car without the owner’s permission to go home and get his tin of cannabis.
But his lack of driving experience brought him to the attention of police and led to an appearance on Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Stephen McLoughlin, Ulsterville Park, Portadown, was fined £100 and banned for 12 months for driving without insurance on July 7.
He was fined £25, with a concurrent 12 month ban, for taking a vehicle without consent and fined £25, with a three month ban, for not having a licence.
For driving without due care and attention he was fined £50 and again banned for three months.
A fine of £75 was imposed for possession of cannabis resin and he was ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.
The court heard that around 2am police in Bridge Street saw a car which had no headlights on and was all over the road.
They followed the car which stopped at traffic lights. The police vehicle was behind but the driver did not respond to their flashing lights.
He stalled the car before taking off up High Street where he was stopped.
Police spoke to McLoughlin who said he had taken the car without any permission. In the boot they found a tin containing cannabis resin.
The defendant admitted the cannabis belonged to him and that he had taken the car to go and get it.
A solicitor for the defendant said he had been at a party and wanted to go home and get the box containing cannabis.
He added that Mcloughlin told the owner of the car that he would be back in ten minutes but he did not tell her he was taking her vehicle.
The solicitor said the defendant had no licence and his inexperienced showed in the way he was driving.
He added that his client accepted this was very foolish but he had always intended to return the vehicle and was going back to the party. Drink was not an issue.