Memebers of the Regional Support Unit had to use a stinger device to stop a South Armagh motorist

The Dundalk district court heard how the motorist was finally stopped by a stinger devive after he failed to stop for gardai after being spotted driving dangerously

The Dundalk district court heard how the motorist was finally stopped by a stinger devive after he failed to stop for gardai after being spotted driving dangerously

The court heard gardai were on mobile patrol on the Dundalk/Carrickmacross road when they saw Christopher Reel of Cortresla Road, Cornally, Silverbridge driving at speed and overtaking traffic on the wrong side of the road.

Insp. Martin Beggy said at one point, the 21 year old was unable to pull back in and had to stay in the centre of the road.

The court was told that the accused used a hand brake turn in Lis na Dara, was eventually stopped when the Regional Support unit deployed a stinger device.

The defence solicitor said his client had no previous convictions and wished to apologise for his behaviour.

He added the gardai thought they were dealing with somebody different .

He said the accused had passed a breath test and and needs his driving licence to hold down two jobs.

The solicitor said his client could offer no explanation for what he did and having contacted the PSNI, the gardai were satisfied that he is entirely of good character.

Judge Flann Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case, on condition that the defendant paid 500 euro to the court poor box for the North Louth Hospice.