A 23-year-old man who flipped his car on his way home from a friend's house has been fined £200 and had seven penalty points endorsed on his licence.

Darragh Reilly with an address of St. Patrick's Park, Rosslea appeared at Fermanagh Magistrates Court in relation to an incident which took place on August 5, 2018 on Main Street, Rosslea.

The court heard that at 7am police received a report of a one vehicle RTC. When they arrived at the scene they saw a Volkswagen Passat on its roof and two other vehicles which had been damaged.

The owner of the Passat, Reilly, was at a nearby property as he had been taken in after becoming unwell.

Reilly was arrested on driving with excess alcohol before being taken to hospital where a breath test showed he was under the legal limit. He was then bailed and further arrested. During interview the defendant said he believed he had fell asleep.

Reilly's solicitor, Gary Black, told the court his client had been at a friend's house watching a sporting event from 12am that night. Reilly was not supposed to be driving but during the night others had consumed more alcohol than him so he had stopped drinking early on which could be seen with the low reading.

Mr. Black continued that Reilly was on the final part of his journey home when he was overcome with tiredness and clipped the Ford Transit van which then hit another vehicle while Reilly's car flipped on its roof.

In imposing the fine and penalty points, District Judge Michael Ranaghan said the aggravating factor in the case was the collision with the other vehicle and that alcohol was involved even though it was a low reading. He gave Reilly credit for his early plea and admissions and mitigated down the fine due to what Mr. Black had said on his client's behalf.