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Man drove at 100mph in Derry city centre

An apprentice welder who pleaded guilty to driving at 100mph in a 30mph zone in Northern Ireland has been fined £800.

District Judge Barney McElholm, at Londonderry Magistrates Court., described the actions of Matthew Deery (18) from Duncan Park in Fintona, Co Tyrone, as “disgraceful”.

A prosecution lawyer told Mr McElholm that Deery drove off when a police car pulled alongside him in a car park at the junction of Buncrana Road and Strand Road last November 12.

Deery admitted driving across four lanes of traffic before turning right and driving at speed towards the city centre.

“At times he reached up to 100mph as he was pursued by the police,” the solicitor said.

Deery drove through two sets of traffic lights and evaded several attempts by the police to stop him.

When arrested by the police he initially gave them a false identity.

Defence solicitor Kevin McGuigan said Deery had pleaded guilty to a litany of motoring offences arising from the incident including dangerous driving, driving without a licence and obstructing police.

“He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

Deery was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

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