05 Oct 2022

Derry teenager who rode scrambler on pavement is disqualified for a year over dangerous driving

A teenager charged with a series of driving offences while on a scrambler has been disqualified at Derry Magistrate's Court. Damian Bagcer, 18, of Lower Violet Street in Derry was charged with dangerous driving, no insurance, no helmet, breaching a traffic signal and no licence on May 13. A submission was made that the main charge should be careless driving, but District Judge Barney McElholm ruled that it was dangerous driving. He said that Bagcer had ridden at speed along a pavement, breached a red light and drove on the wrong side of the road. The judge said the offences occurred over a period of time and at one stage he had left the scrambler and then returned to it. He said if it had been one incident it might have been considered by the court to be careless driving, but it went on over a period of time so it had to be treated as dangerous driving. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client was a young man who is anxious to get back on the road. Bagcer was then fined a total of £725 and disqualified for a total of 12 months.

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