A couple and three children had to be cut out of their car by fire and rescue personnel, after a hit and run on the Castletown Road, Dundalk District Court was told last week.
Bernard Kirk (38) with an address at Cuchulainn Court, Mullaghbawn, County Armagh was originally prosecuted for dangerous driving as well as hit and run offences arising out of the collision, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving on November sixth 2016.
Insp. Martin Beggy told the court that a car in front of the defendant had pulled up to let a pedestrian cross the road and the accused drove into the back of it and drove off.
The Defence barrister said his client - a livestock farmer, was driving his mother's vehicle and he had three thousand euro in court which he was tendering to the family involved.
He added that Bernard Kirk was highly embarrassed about driving away.
Judge John Coughlan replied that he could not accept the money being offered in lieu of a conviction, but the barrister assured the court that a guilty plea had been entered.
He said it was a first offence and the court had discretion in respect of a disqualification.
The counsel added that his client's entire livelihood depends on being able to transport cattle and Insp. Beggy told the court the accused readily admitted that he was the driver involved when interviewed.
The investigating garda told the court that the couple and three children had to be cut out of their vehicle, which was written off and they were treated for minor bruising and lumbar pain.
After he was told the defendant was insured at the time, Judge Coughlan convicted and fined him four thousand euro for careless driving but did not disqualify him.
He said the accused could appeal the penalty by lodging €2,000 in cash.