NI drink driver charged with beach hit-and-run

The good weather in Northern Ireland is taking people to the beaches in their hundreds, but one mother and child suffered injuries after a hit-and-run incident on Benone beach on Sunday.

The unnamed mother is said to have grabbed her child as a red BMW came speeding towards them as they walked along the beach. The car struck both of them and the mother suffered bruises and cuts, and the daughter had bruises and a fractured collarbone. Both the mother and child remain in hospital.

The driver did not stop but when police responded to calls they saw the car being driven along the Seacoast Road. A police helicopter later found the car 20 miles away behind a half-built house, with the number plates removed and placed in the boot.

The driver, Paul John Doherty, aged 30 from Ballynore, tried to escape the police on foot but he was caught, arrested, and taken to Limivady police station where he admitted the offence of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily injury and two counts of dangerous driving. He was two times over the legal drink drive limit.

Mr Doherty's solicitor told the court that it was his first offence, and deputy district judge Terence Dunlop told the defendant he was lucky that the charges were not more serious. Mr Doherty was granted bail and must report to the Strand Road police station in Londonderry every day.

If you require legal representation in respect of a driving offence, contact one of the motoring specialist solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 0546.