Banbridge man hid in a field to avoid the police

When using false number plates to avoid getting detected for not having insurance, a 24-year-old man attached blue flashing lights to his car, which attracted the attention of the police.

And, after driving off when police tried to talk to him, he later hid in a field when they called at his home.

Trevor McCaw, from Barronstown Road in Banbridge, pleaded guilty to a number of traffic offences last Thursday at the local Magistrates’ Court.

For driving without insurance on February 21 this year he was fined £200, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and given six points.

Fines of £50 were imposed for fitting flashing blue lights in contravention of lighting regulations and the fraudulent use of a number plate.

He was further fined £75, with six points, for driving without due care and attention and £75 for failing to stop.

For a second no insurance offence on March 3 he was fined £200 and given six penalty points.

On the totting up points system the defendant was banned from driving for six months.

The court heard that on February 21 a car was seen with blue flashing lights on the front travelling on the Castlewellan Road towards Banbridge.

It pulled into a filling station and as police went to speak to the driver by opening the driver’s door the car drove off.

An officer who tried to stop it had to jump out of the way.

Police inquiries revealed that a registration similar to one on the car belonged to a car sales company who provided details of selling the vehicle to McCaw.

They went to his home address on March 3 and the car was there with the original plates.

The defendant’s mother said it belonged to her son who was not present.

A short time later the car was seen being driven on the A1 dual carriageway.

McCaw presented himself at Lurgan police station and admitted the offences.

He said he had used the fraudulent plates so as not to get caught driving without insurance.

McCaw also revealed he had hidden in a field when police were at his home and later left in his vehicle.

A barrister representing the defendant said he already had nine points on his licence.

He added that McCaw was a hard working young man who did not have the money to get insurance.

The barrister said that this had been a salutary lesson for him and he knew he was going to be off the road for some time.

District Judge Eamonn King said that for someone looking to stay under the radar the defendant did not do a good job of it by equipping the car with blue flashing lights and attaching different number plates.

There was an inevitability he would be tracked down, added the judge.