An 18 year old man ‘panicked’ and drove a €300 car the wrong way around a roundabout when he spotted the gardaí, as he was unable to afford to get cover because of the high cost of insurance, Dundalk district court was told last wee.
Ryan McDonnell with an address at Gort Nua, Castlebellingham was prosecuted for three counts of dangerous driving at Ravensdale Park on November 12th last and failing to stop for Gardai at Carrickarnon.
When Judge William Hamill asked why the accused had driven the wrong way around the roundabout, the investigating garda replied “a shortcut possibly” as he knew he had been seen by the officers.
The court also heard the other dangerous driving charges related to the accused driving well in excess of the speed limit in the area.
The defence solicitor said “this was folly upon folly’ by his client – who had no previous convictions.
He said Ryan McDonnell having paid the princely sum of 300 euro for the car, could not then get insurance because of the high costs involved and when faced with the likelihood of being prosecuted for having no insurance, he panicked and took off and he was prosecuted for dangerous driving as well, and the solicitor added “so he dug a significant hole for himself”.
He added that the defendant’s driving licence is important to him, as he’s employed in a hardware store in Ardee and lives in Castlebellingham and may need it to carry out work on site.
He added “It’s his youth I’d ask you to take into account” and concluded by saying “had he stayed still things might have been sorted out”.
Judge Hamill imposed a €400 for driving without insurance and a two year driving ban.