Dungannon man didn’t report accident because ‘phone battery had run out’

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A Dungannon man who collided with a gate post and hedges in the early hours of the morning, did not report the accident to the emergency services because the battery on his mobile phone had run out.

Paul Madden, 27, from Market Square, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a damage road traffic accident when he appeared before the court hearing on Friday.

A prosecuting lawyer explained that police were called to the scene of the one-vehicle collision at around 6.30am on January 4 this year.

Officers found Madden’s abandoned vehicle and called to his home, but received no answer.

Four days later, Madden was interviewed by police and said there had been black ice on the road when the collision occurred at around 1.30am on the date in question.

Madden said his mobile phone battery was “dead” and that there was no one present at a nearby house after the accident.

District Judge John Meehan disqualified him from driving for six months and imposed a fine of £300.