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'Stupid' learner driver drank 10 pints and rammed police car

An “extremely stupid” learner driver drank ten pints before getting into a car and ramming a police vehicle, a court has heard.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, 28-year-old Greg Edward McCullough was charged with eight offences arising from an incident on September 20 this year.

McCullough, from Wynthorpe Grove in Newtownabbey, is accused of driving while unfit, dangerous driving, causing criminal damage to a police vehicle, resisting a constable, driving without insurance, driving unaccompanied as an L driver, driving without a licence and without displaying L plates.

Giving evidence to the court in a contested bail application, a police officer objected to bail.

She told the court that the driver of a Vauxhaul Meriva “rammed the police vehicle several times and ignored police directions to get out” in the Railway Street area of Ballymena.

While McCullough did not reply after the initial caution, he later admitted during interviews that “he drank ten beers and felt like going for a drive” but because of an acquired brain injury, “he doesn’t remember anything.”

Defence solicitor Ciaran Mooney conceded that McCullough had “made full admissions and apologies for his actions - it was extremely stupid of him” but submitted that any perceived risk could be managed by bail conditions.

Remanding McCullough into custody, the judge adjourned the case to 14 October.

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