Belfast Telegraph

'Boy racer' fined over donut tribute to pal

By Nevin Farrell

A "boy racer" spun his car in circles on a Co Antrim road in tribute to a friend who was fighting for his life in hospital, a court has heard.

Coleraine Magistrates Court was told yesterday how Mark Leslie had attended a cross-community vigil on August 30 at Magherahoney near Ballymoney for John Reid and another man. Both had been injured after a car crashed at Kilraughts Road, Ballymoney.

Mr Reid (21) was from Corkey near Loughgiel outside Ballymoney and subsequently died of his injuries. The other man was released from hospital.

Yesterday, a prosecutor said police in plain clothes were at the Scenic Inn pub for an unrelated matter on September 1 last year. They noticed a number of 'boy racer'-style cars in the car park, which then left.

The court heard that at the junction of the Ballyveely Road, Leslie - who was driving a BMW - performed the 'donuts' as others looked on.

Police stopped Leslie (27), a lorry driver, of Drumadragh, Coleraine, and he denied his driving was dangerous. He said he had been at a vigil that night for a friend who had been injured in a serious road traffic collision and it had been suggested to him he should carry out the 'donuts' as a tribute.

District Judge Des Perry told Leslie he had behaved like a 17-year-old. Leslie had been charged with dangerous driving but admitted a lesser charge of careless driving. He was given three penalty points and fined £300.

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