Teenager fined for ‘donuts’ and handbrake turns


While he was waiting to be dealt with for a serious motoring offence a 19-year-old Portadown man was caught dangerous driving in a town car park.

He was Christopher McElroy, Westland Road, Portadown, and he appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

For dangerous driving on January 21 this year he was fined £250, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and banned for 18 months.

The court heard he had previously been dealt with at Craigavon Crown Court where he received a suspended sentence and a 15-month ban for causing grievous bodily harm by driving.

The court heard that on January 21 this year at the Fair Green car park at 1.20am he was seen making hand brake turns and doing ‘donuts’ in the slippery conditions.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, pointed out that the Crown Court offence happened last January and it was more reprehensible that this occurred this January.

A solicitor for McElroy said he accepted he was trying to make hand brake turns. He was spurred on by his peers and was essentially showing off.

Judge Bates said it was poor quality driving which would be recognised by a disqualification extension.