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Co Tyrone man fined for reversing up motorway slip road

Thomas McGuigan (34), of Abbeyvale in Ardboe, pleaded guilty to reversing a vehicle on the M22 near Randalstown and having no driving licence

A judge has described a Co Tyrone man reversing a car on a motorway slip-road as "extraordinary".

A lawyer for Thomas McGuigan (34), of Abbeyvale in Ardboe, entered guilty pleas on his behalf to reversing a vehicle on the M22 near Randalstown on February 13 this year and having no driving licence.

A prosecutor said at 3.56pm police on patrol saw a Vauxhall Astra reversing up the junction two on-slip for "no apparent reason".

McGuigan was said to have told officers he stopped to take a phone call and wanted to "build up speed" before entering the motorway.

The defendant was not at Antrim Magistrates Court today but defence barrister Chris Sherrard said after receiving an "important phone call" his client had "quite sensibly pulled over to take that call".

He said he had not caused anybody else any "undue convenience" and in fact was trying to avoid causing any difficulties to motorway users.

District Judge Peter King said it was an "extraordinary piece of driving" as he gave McGuigan three penalty points and fined him a total of £200.

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