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Drink-driver in car crash claimed to be TV show host

By Nevin Farrell

A drink-driver told police he was X Factor host Dermot O'Leary after he crashed a car into a barrier in Larne.

When officers arrived at Redlands Road in the early hours of August 13 last year, Ryan Christopher Murphy had already left the scene.

He reappeared and when officers asked him to identify himself he falsely gave the name of the famous TV presenter.

Murphy (30), of Carson Street in Larne, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday and admitted a number of charges, including resisting police, driving whilst unfit, failing to provide a specimen of breath and failing to remain and report and an accident.

He was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £500.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant did himself no favours with his behaviour at the scene of the crash..

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