Arrested for drink driving and didn't stop for gardai

Dundalk District Court

Arrested for drink driving and didn't stop for gardai

A 27-year-old South Armagh man was arrested for drunk driving, after gardaí spotted that his number plates were covered up and he failed to stop for them, Dundalk District Court heard last week.

The Defence barrister told the court his client had been the victim of a prank and had not concealed the registration plates himself.

Eric Rocks with an address at Captains Rd, Forkhill was originally prosecuted for dangerous driving on the Dublin Road, Haggardstown and at Newtownbalregan on August 28 last, with drink driving at Faughart Lower and having no identification marks on the vehicle.

The Defence counsel told the court last Wednesday that his client was offering a guilty plea to one of the dangerous driving charges and admitted the drink driving offence, which would result in a two year disqualification.

He added that his client was the victim of a prank as somebody had attached plastic bags to the number plates and unfortunately when he came across the gardaí Eric Rocks had panicked and "the die was cast".

The court heard the accused is employed in his family's retail business and the barrister described him as a very hard working young man who had never come to garda attention before.

In addition to the ban for the drink driving offence, Judge John Coughlan also imposed a €75 fine and fined him the same amount again for dangerous driving at Dublin Street but struck out the charges relating to the number plates.