A German national who was found by a member of the public hiding in a hedge close to an abandoned car which was filled with smoke has pleaded guilty to three road traffic offences.

Bastian Hoper, 32, from Camphill Park, Newtownbutler admitted driving with excess alcohol in the blood, driving with no insurance and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage when he appeared at Fermanagh Court on Monday.
The court heard that at 6.15am on September 19, 2017, police were alerted to a number of members of the public coming across a car in the middle of the Newbridge Road at Lisnaskea which was filled with smoke.
They were notified that a male had been found hiding in the hedge and he appeared to be drunk. A member of the public helped the male move the car off the road and called police.
When police arrived, the male was sitting in the driver’s seat and had the car keys in his pocket.
The black Mazda which had a Republic of Ireland registration had some interior damage caused by smoke.
Meanwhile, police received a report of aggravated vehicle taking from Mill Hill Road, Newtownbutler between 2am and 6am.
During interview at Enniskillen police station, Hoper said he had been thumbing a lift and had been picked up by an Eastern European male, who tried to set fire to the car, before making off.
The court heard that Hoper had been almost one-and-a-half times over the legal drink drive limit.
His defence barrister Stephen Fitzpatrick said Bastian had accepted his guilt and added: “The result of these offences is that he will be deported – the adverse attention has brought the immigration authorities to his door.”
Mr. Fitzpatrick said his client “was part of a network of persons but he wasn’t the ring leader.”
District Judge Bonita Boyd sentenced Hoper to five months in custody and disqualified him from driving for 15 months for aggravated vehicle taking; three months in custody and disqualified from driving for four months for driving with no insurance; and five months in custody and disqualified from driving for 15 months for driving with excess alcohol in blood, to run concurrently.