Motorist who taunted gardai warned over driving

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Warning: Judge Carroll Moran
A MOTORIST who goaded pursuing gardai by rolling down his window and shouting “I’m not stopping for ye” has been warned he faces jail if he drives in a similar matter again.

A MOTORIST who goaded pursuing gardai by rolling down his window and shouting “I’m not stopping for ye” has been warned he faces jail if he drives in a similar matter again.

But Bryan Edwards, 28, of Abbeyvale, Corbally, had a period of disqualification from driving reduced to 12 months at Limerick Circuit Court after state solicitor Michael Murray accepted a longer ban imposed at the District Court had been in error.

Garda Enda Clifford was in a queue of traffic at the lights at the junction of Island Road and Athlunkard Street at around 11.30am on December 12, 2012.

His attention had been drawn to the screeching of brakes of Edwards’ Honda, which had taken off at speed in the direction of Corbally when the lights changed.

At the Grove Island roundabout, Edwards had rolled down his window and shouted at gardai – who had activated the siren and blue lights – “I’m not stopping for ye”.

Ted McCarthy said it was his client’s recollection that what he had was that he would stop when he got home. Edwards had no issue with the conviction for dangerous driving itself and “were it not for the length of the disqualification, there would be no appeal,” the solicitor added.

Judge Moran said he had been considering a suspended sentence until hearing the substance of the appeal related to the disqualification only. He reduced the ban to 12 months but warned Edwards was “very likely to go to prison if you try to drive like that again”.