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Flagged down police at pub after ‘writing off’ jeep

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Enniskillen Court House

A TRILLICK man who crashed into a telegraph pole, breaking it in two, flagged down police to tell them what he’d done.
Jonathan Hunter (24) of Effernan Road, Trillick appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing on charges of driving without insurance, driving while disqualified, and careless driving.
On Sunday, March 25th police were called to a single vehicle collision on the Cullion Road, Tempo.
When they arrived the found a Isuzu Trooper on its roof, and a pole that had been broken in two. There was no driver in the jeep.
When leaving the scene the officers were flagged down by Hunter, who was outside Kelly’s Bar in Tempo.
He told them that he’d been driving the jeep.
Defence solicitor Gary Black said if it wasn’t for the fact Hunter had flagged the police down himself, and made full admissions to them, then forensics may have been needed in the investigation.
Mr Black added a charge of driving while unfit had been withdrawn as Hunter had gone to Kelly’s in Tempo after the crash, and any drinking had been done after then.
With regard to driving while disqualified, Mr Black said Hunter’s previous disqualification would now have lapsed.
The solicitor said Hunter lived at home in a rural area, and said the jeep had belonged to his father.
He explained that the insurance company was not paying out on the damage to the jeep, which he said was “a write off”, and the defendant now had to make amends to his father as well.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said while there were some areas where Hunter deserved credit, “the court can’t turn a blind eye” to the offence and said he had to disqualify him.
Hunter was disqualified from driving for eight months and Judge Ranaghan also fined him a total of £450.

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