Police saw car drive through red light just after midnight

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A 42-year-old man was banned from driving for six months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for a no insurance offence.

Zeng-Tong Chen, Castle Rise, Tandragee, was also fined £300 and ordered to pay an offender’s levy of £15.

As well he was fined £75 for breach of a traffic sign and £90 for not having a driving licence.

The court heard that at 12.30am a police mobile patrol in Portadown saw the defendant drive through a red light. He was stopped on Northway and did not have a licence or insurance.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the defendant was well aware of the situation because on the last occasion he had been dealt with by a court he had been disqualified for six months.

A solicitor for the defendant said his client’s licence had expired two years previously. The vehicle belonged to a friend.

Judge Bates said it was concerning that in such a short period of time the defendant had again been dealt with for driving with no insurance.