Magherafelt motorist dropped cigarette on his leg and crashed into bollard

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A motorist who “lost his bearings” after dropping a cigarette on his leg, was fined £135 at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Stephen Fabian O’Boyle (47), of Sperrin Drive, Magherafelt, was also given three penalty points for driving without due care and attention between Queen’s Avenue and Fairhill in Magherafelt.

A PPS lawyer said on October 18 last, another motorist reported to police seeing a BMW car collide with a plastic bollard at Ballyronan Road roundabout and exit on the wrong side of the road.

He said police interviewed defendant on January 18 in connection with the incident and he explained that he had been smoking at the time and dropped the cigarette.

Defence solicitor said the defendant had burned his leg, causing him to react in the way he had.