Collided with a patrol van after he failed to stop for Gardai

A man who tested positive for drugs following two separate dangerous driving incidents had his case adjourned at Dundalk district court last week so he can be assessed by the Probation Service.

A man who tested positive for drugs following two separate dangerous driving incidents had his case adjourned at Dundalk district court last week so he can be assessed by the Probation Service.

Ian Baldwin (37) with an address at Belfry Drive, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk was before the court in relation to a total of three incidents - including a collision with a patrol van, after he failed to stop for Gardai.

Garda Insp. Martin Beggy told the court last Wednesday that the defendant failed to stop for gardai on the 28th of January last year when he was driving without his headlights on on the Dublin Road.

He said a bus was ahead of the accused and as it turned onto Hoey’s Lane, Ian Baldwin drove up onto the footpath and inside the bus. The court heard the accused failed to stop for gardai on the eighth of October and collided with a patrol van and a private car in Cluan Enda.

A month later, gardai came across a vehicle stopped in the middle of the Coast Road, Blackrock.

It then drove onto the wrong side of the road going through the village and continued on towards Dundalk.

The accused was seen driving around a series of bad bends on the incorrect side of the road and the car was later seen parked outside his home at Belfry Drive.

Insp. Beggy said Ian Baldwin had tested positive for “cannabinoid class” drugs following two of the incidents.

The Defence solicitor said her client’s car has been off the road since the last offence and there was a letter in court from a drugs counsellor to say the accused has been abstaining.

The court also heard there was €1,000 in court towards the damage caused. Judge William Hamill - who noted the defendant had been diagnosed with a drug induced psychosis brought on by cannabis use, said he thought a full report from the Probation Service was needed.

He put back the case to May 8th so a community service report could be prepared, and said he was not going to make a recommendation until he sees the report.