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Woman who abandoned car and blocked lane of traffic said she ‘ran out of petrol’

When questioned regarding the insurance she said: 'So what if I have no insurance?'

A Donaghcloney woman who abandoned her car, which was not taxed or insured, blocking a lane of traffic said she did so as she “ran out of petrol”.

Court heard that when questioned regarding her insurance, the 53-year-old told police: “So what if I have no insurance?”

Ruth Oliver, of Clover Braes, was convicted in her absence of failing to produce her licence, no vehicle test certificate and using a vehicle without insurance at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on May 28, at 10.30pm, police received a report of a vehicle blocking a lane of traffic on the Drumlin Road, Donaghcloney.

Officers arrived to find a Peugeot 206 abandoned on the road. Checks showed that the car had no valid insurance or vehicle test certificate.

The last registered owner, the defendant, was spoken to by the police.

She stated: “I left my car there as I ran out of petrol.”

When questioned regarding the insurance, Oliver said: “So what if I have no insurance?”

The defendant was disqualified from driving for six months and was ordered to pay a fine of £500, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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