Man raced car in Derry with 6 month old baby in car

A Strabane man who raced along Derry's Strand Road with a 6 month old baby in the car deserved to be disqualified District Judge Barney McElholm has said.

23 year old Dean McCauley of 27, Millbrook Park, Artigarvan, Strabane admitted a charge of careless driving on October 10 last year.

Derry Magistrate's Court was told that McCauley was detected driving at speeds of more than 60 mph after undertaking another vehicle on the Strand Road, the main thoroughfare in the city. When he was stopped it was found that there was a 6-month-old baby in the car.

A defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott told the court his client had been challenged to a race by another driver and had 'foolishly' taken up the challenge. He added that the other driver had got away. he asked the court not to disqualify McCauley as there was no premeditation to the offence.

District Judge McElholm said McCauley certainly deserved to be disqualified and added that McCauley probably did not have the brains to understand what premeditation was. He imposed 6 penalty points and fined McCauley £500.