18 Aug 2022

Strathfoyle man began ‘barking like a dog’ at police after crashing his car on the Foyle Bridge in Derry

A court has heard that a Derry man crashed his car on the Foyle Bridge then proceeded to bark at police when they arrived on the scene. Hugh Canning, 20, of Eastbank in the Strathfoyle area of the city, admitted driving when unfit through drink or drugs and driving without due care and attention on September 9 of last year. He also pleaded guilty to further offences of dangerous driving, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, disorderly behaviour and failing to provide a specimen of breath on January 9 of this year. The driving offences from 2017 consisted of a road traffic collision on the Foyle Bridge. The defendant was a driver of the vehicle which collided with ‘road furniture’ on the bridge. When police attempted to speak to Canning he was ‘behaving in an erratic manner’ and began ‘barking like a dog’. A breath test produced negative results, however, a Public Prosecution Service (PPS) representative said the defendant’s drug impairment test ‘fell below standard’ and he was subsequently arrested. During police interview the 20-year-old denied taking drugs and said he was ‘just taking the piss out of police officers, that’s why he was barking’, the Public Prosecutor added. A 12-month probation order was imposed with additional requirements to engage in alcohol and drugs counselling. The 20-year-old was also given a three months prison sentence, suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for a period of three years.

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