Belfast Telegraph

Ban for driver who was high on cannabis

By Nevin Farrell

Police knocked on the window of a car in Cullybackey and the driver, who had cannabis in his system, sped off, narrowly missing officers.

Thomas Rogan (23), a factory worker of Rocavan Meadow, Broughshane, admitted driving while unfit and failing to stop for police.

He appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday where a prosecutor said at 12.10am on May 19 this year police on mobile patrol saw a Vauxhall Corsa at Old Mill Park, Cullybackey, and when they approached it "took off at speed", narrowly avoiding contact with police.

At Shellinghill Road the car slowed and stopped before speeding off again. It again stopped, and as police got out to speak to the driver, it took off again.

Eventually police blocked the vehicle in, the prosecutor said.

The court was told Rogan said he didn't know who was following him and that was why he "took off".

At the scene officers said the defendant appeared to be under the influence of drugs and he failed an impairment test. It was later discovered there was cannabis in his blood.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant wished to apologise and had "panicked" on the night in question.

Rogan was banned from driving for a year and fined £350.

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