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District judge forfeits vehicle of man caught doing doughnuts at a junction on the A1

It was his second dangerous driving offence and when asked if he was in control of the vehicle he replied: 'I suppose not'

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A Lurgan man who was spotted doing doughnuts on an A1 junction will learn his fate next month.

The district judge told the 25-year-old: “I have never dealt with someone who has two dangerous driving offences within the statutory period.”

Thomas Eric Murray, of Banbridge Road, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

It was heard that on April 22, at 12.20am, police on patrol of the A1 spotted a Lexus doing a doughnut at the junction of Lurgan Road.

Officers pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who identified himself as the defendant.

Murray admitted to performing the manoeuvre and when asked if he was in control of the vehicle he replied: “I suppose not.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “I am going to order a presentence report. This is not his first dangerous driving and I am going to order forfeiture of the vehicle.

“His disqualification for this offence will run from today.”

She added: “I have never dealt with someone who has two dangerous driving offences within the statutory period.

“That shows how bad a driver you are and you can go to prison for this.”

The case was adjourned until August 16 for sentencing.

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