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Ballymena teen who lost leg in bike crash was driving at 110mph

By Chris Kilpatrick

A teenager who last year lost a leg in a motorcycle accident was caught driving at 110mph by police.

Mark McMichael was banned from driving and fined after the incident in May.

Ballymena Magistrates Court was told the 19-year-old's vehicle sped past a police patrol in the town.

Officers had to drive at a speed of 110mph just to keep up with McMichael, the court was told.

A solicitor for McMichael said his client had lost a leg 15 months previously as a result of a motorcycle accident.

The lawyer said McMichael – with an address at Ben Vista, Corkey – had been "rushing home for his medication" at the time he was intercepted.

District Judge Des Perry disqualified McMichael from driving for three months and fined him a total of £50. The judge added: "No matter what excuse you had, for a driver of such inexperience to drive at that speed is a disgrace."

On his Facebook page McMichael, from Co Antrim, proudly displays pictures of his modified car.

He also 'likes' a number of motorsport fan pages.

Earlier this year the Department of the Environment launched a campaign aimed at highlighting the risks of speeding on Northern Ireland's roads.

A graphic television advertisement showed an out-of-control car colliding with a group of small children.

Police spoke out in defence of the advert, which was criticised by some as being too violent.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin of the PSNI added: "This advertisement depicts very clearly and very starkly the risks involved when speed is a factor.

"Most of you will find it shocking but the reality is drivers need to be fully aware of the potential consequences of their actions."

Motorists are obliged to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency of any disabilities or impairments.

The body then rules on the applicant's ability to drive and may contact their doctor or request they undergo a test.

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