A 32-year-old man was said to have been driving erratically when followed by Gardai at 5.30 at Drumullagh, Omeath on June 3 last, Dundalk Court was told.
He was Andrew Boyle, Dundalk Street, Carlingford. Inspector Kevin Daly said that defendant had been “swerving all over the road and braking heavily”.
Solicitor Sean T O’Reilly said that his client had been forced to go to Austrailia to find work after losing his job. He had feared falling into arrears on his mortgage and losing his home.
The court heard that defendant had a previous two-year disqualification for a similar offence.
Judge Flann Brenna imposed a fine of e400 and disqualified the defendant from driving for three years.