Fine for driver who ripped fence

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A YOUNG driver who tore down 30 metres of fencing in his car after swerving across the road was fined £360 and had five points slapped on his licence this week.

Gaetano Lisi, 23, from Stranraer, who now works away as a chef, admitted a charge of driving without due care and attention on July 7 last year on Old Portpatrick Road, and failing to report the incident. He denied a charge of having fallen asleep at the wheel.

The court heard Lisi had been driving home from Portpatrick at around midnight after visiting friends, negotiated a left-hand bend, crossed the road and mounted the verge, where he collided with the fencing. He then manoeuvred his car in the field and managed to leave via a nearby gate.

A call to police later told them of a car with damage, and he was traced. Paul Feeney, defending, said when Mr Lisi had returned home, he had spoken to his step-father about it who had attempted to contact the farmer, whom he knew, to have the fence fixed but had gone to the wrong person. By this time, Mr Lisi had been charged.