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Armagh man landed car on roof after hitting traffic signal and ricocheting into another vehicle

A report has been ordered and the case will be back before the court on October 23

An Armagh man who drove dangerously whilst over the limit and caused an accident will have to wait until next month to learn his fate.

The district judge felt he needed a pre-sentence report in the 20-year-old’s case due to the seriousness of the offences, despite his lack of record.

Sean Reilly, of Woodford Green, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to report, failing to stop, using a vehicle without insurance, no driving licence, driving with excess alcohol, taking a vehicle without authority and failing to provide a specimen of breath at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Defence solicitor Chris Rafferty stated: “This is a man with no previous. I am in your worship’s hands as to whether you can deal with it today.”

District Judge Steven Keown commented: “These are serious charges but I will hear the facts before making a decision.”

Prosecution outlined that on July 14, a call was made to the Ambulance Service regarding a two vehicle collision on Castle Street in Portadown with both cars involved being Ford Fiestas.

At the scene, the defendant’s vehicle was observed to be on its roof and the injured party’s on its side.

Witness’ accounts said that Reilly had drove through a red light at speed before crashing into a traffic signal and ricocheting against the injured party’s car.

At this point District Judge Keown stopped the prosecution outlining the facts.

He stated: “This is very serious, I think we are going to need a report.”

The case was adjourned until October 23 for sentencing.

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