Man crashed girlfriend’s car

While under the influence of drink, medication and sleeping tablets a Portadown man took his girlfriend’s car and crashed it into a field, Craigavon Court heard last Friday.

Gary Anthony Patrick McNally (23) of Keelmount Mews admitted a series of offences on February 16 last year.

They included dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, no insurance, driving under the influence and driving while disqualified.

McNally was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, banned from driving for five years and fined £900.

The court heard that at approximately 6am police went to a road traffic collision involving one car at the Coharra Road, Portadown.

It was found on its roof in a field. The driver was not with the vehicle and police contacted the registered owner who said her boyfriend and car were missing.

McNally then appeared on the scene. He was unsteady on his feet and was taken to hospital where a blood sample gave a reading of 155 – the limit is 80.

Initially he denied driving the vehicle but DNA found on one of the air bags linked him to the car.

He had been disqualified from driving for three years at Newtownards court on December 11, 2012.

A barrister for McNally said her client had taken an excessive amount of alcohol along with depression medication and sleeping tablets.

She added that he had no recollection of what happened but realised what grave consequences there could have been. He walked towards police at the scene in a dazed fashion.

The lawyer said he was deeply ashamed of his behaviour and had abstained from alcohol since.

She also indicated that McNally had serious health problems and required 24-hour care. Deputy District Judge, Mr Gerry Trainor, said McNally had a range of different convictions on his record and the offences clearly breached the custody threshold.