Fine for biker in traffic cop collision

A man who was driving through the Cox’s Demesne housing estate on a scrambler bike without a crash helmet, collided with an unmarked patrol car driving by a member of the Garda traffic corps, Dundalk district court heard last week.

Peter Heffernan (21) with an address at Slieve Road, Hackballscross was summonsed for nine offences arising out of the incident – including two counts of dangerous driving, driving without insurance and tax, and a hit and run offence.

Garda Insp. Martin Beggy told the court last Wednesday that gardai had received reports about an incident on the 27th of February 2011 and a traffic corps member in an unmarked vehicle who went to the scene had followed the defendant on a scrambler motorbike through Beechmount Drive.

He was seen to overtake vehicles as he passed by a playground and after a sweeping left turn, he drove back towards the patrol car.

Insp. Beggy said Peter Heffernan was travelling on the incorrect side of the road before he corrected the bike, but cut in front of the patrol car and there was a collision.

The court was told he accused got up and ran away but an officer pursued him on foot.

The court heard that Martin Duffy (21) of Ashling Park tried to intervene and remove the scrambler which he said was his. Inspector Beggy added the bike had no speedometer, no front or rear lights and was not taxed or insured.

Judge Flann Brennan heard that neither of the men had any previous convictions.

The Defence solicitor said Peter Heffernan had matured in the intervening period and had completed a sports administration course in college and pointed out that he was the only person injured.

However, Insp. Beggy said that the accused was still able to take part in a foot-chase.

Judge Brennan imposed a hundred euro fine on Martin Duffy allowing the scrambler to be used without insurance but he added he would not disqualify him as it was his first offence and because of his youth at the time.

He imposed fines totalling €200 euro on Peter Heffernan for careless driving and failing to give appropriate information to gardai.


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