A father of seven who swung a wheel brace at gardai, as they were seizing his vehicle, was given a four-month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.
Michael Maddy of Clann Chulainn Park, Dundalk was also prosecuted for being intoxicated in a public place, arising out of the incident on January 13th last year.
The defence solicitor said the 37 year old is no longer drinking and explained that there was a strain on family life at the time, as a relative was in custody in Northern Ireland on serious charges.
Judge Eirinn McKiernan who said it was outrageous behaviour imposed a four month sentence, suspended for 12 months for the wheel brace charge and marked the public order matter taken into consideration.
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