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Car crash driver had MDMA, cocaine and cannabis in system, court told

Ryan Savage appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday (stock photo)
Ryan Savage appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday (stock photo)

By Alan Erwin

A motorist found slumped over in a crashed car had MDMA, cocaine and cannabis in his system, a court has been told.

Ryan Savage, 23, was given a 15-month driving ban for the accident he initially told police was due to "tiredness".

The 23-year-old, of Argyll Street in Antrim, admitted a charge of driving when unfit through drink or drugs.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard his Volkswagen Golf was travelling erratically before coming to a halt at Rogan Manor, Newtownabbey in the early hours of August 17 last year.

Police discovered the car half-on, half-off a kerb, with damage to a front wheel area.

Prosecutors said Savage was slumped over the steering wheel, intoxicated and incoherent.

A toxicology report showed traces of MDMA, cocaine and cannabis in his system at the time of the incident, the court was told.

During interviews Savage said he had been out the previous evening, but didn't take any drink or drugs on that occasion.

He left to travel home, but crashed on the way.

A Crown lawyer added: "He said he believed he had crashed his car due to tiredness."

Defence barrister Michael Boyd argued there was some truth in his client's claim to have been extremely fatigued.

Counsel accepted, however, that Savage had been under the influence of a substance to some extent.

"He shouldn't have been on the road and apologises profusely," Mr Boyd said.

District Judge Peter Magill told Savage that "a cocktail of drugs" were involved.

"Had you been caught with those drugs in your possession... you could have gone to prison for a considerable period," he stressed.

But based on the guilty plea Mr Magill imposed a 15-month disqualification and a £200 fine.

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