03 Oct 2022

Disqualified driver caught driving his father's Mercedes is fined

Disqualified driver caught driving his father's Mercedes is fined

Dundalk courthouse

A 23 year old man who was caught driving his father's Mercedes while he was disqualified, has been banned from driving for four years and fined €500.

The court heard while the car was insured, Shane Farrell with an address at Castleview, Tallanstown wasn't personally insured to drive it.

A garda told the court he was in Channonrock at 12.30pm on September 1st last when he observed the defendant driving a silver Mercedes C-Class from the Louth village direction.

He slowed down as he approached the garda patrol car and immediately speeded up and left the area, with the garda adding "I had no sight of where he travelled to".
The court heard he had five previous convictions and was previously banned from driving for two years for driving without insurance.

The Defence barrister said the car being driven was his client's father's and while it was insured, as an individual, the defendant wasn't insured to drive it. He added the trainee electrician is between employers and was hoping to take up a position with an electrical fitter working at Intel and the current driving ban is due to expire on Christmas Eve.

He said that at the time his client had left the family home after learning of the marital breakdown of his parents.

Judge John Brennan, who noted the defendant was disqualified when he was driving his father's car and it was a second conviction within three years, said he had considered a custodial sentence as a result.

He imposed a four year driving ban deferred for six months and a €500 fine. An appeal was subsequently lodged.

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