Limerick motorist in high-speed garda chase banned for 12 months

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man who performed a number of dangerous overtaking manoeuvres while being was pursued at high speed by gardai has been disqualified from driving for a year.

A YOUNG man who performed a number of dangerous overtaking manoeuvres while being was pursued at high speed by gardai has been disqualified from driving for a year.

Alan Bridgeman, aged 27, of Cluain Ard, Fedamore pleaded guilty to a single charge of careless driving at Collins Avenue, Southill on March 29, last.

At Limerick Court, Garda Rory O’Grady said he observed a white Honda Civic car being driven by the accused man travelling along Roxboro Road in the direction of Roxboro Roundabout on the date of the incident.

He said he then observed the vehicle enter the roundabout without “stopping, slowing or yielding” before continuing on in the direction of Southill.

Garda O’Grady said he pursued the vehicle during which time he observed the driver overtaking a number of other vehicles. He said the defendant “tailgated” the other vehicles before overtaking them in a dangerous manner.

On one occasion he observed him perform an overtaking manoeuvre at an area which was governed by a “hatched road marking leading into a solid white line” he said.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant drove at high speed after he left the city environs travelling in the direction of Fedamore.

While driving on the rural road leading out of the city he performed a third overtaking manoeuvre and was eventually stopped by Garda O’Grady in the Ballysheedy area.

The court heard when stopped the defendant told gardai he was sorry and that he “didn’t realise what he was doing” as he was rushing home at the time having been informed that his young child was sick and “really burning up”.

Garda O’Grady agreed with solicitor Sarah Ryan that the defendant was insured and had a driving licence when stopped and that the vehicle was properly taxed and had an NCT.

He also agreed that Bridgeman had cooperated with gardai when he was stopped and subsequently at Roxboro Road garda station. “He was extremely cooperative and almost pleasant,” said Garda O’Grady.

The court was told the defendant has a number of previous convictions for minor road traffic offences such as speeding dating back to 2009.

Judge O’Kelly imposed a €250 fine and he disqualified Bridgeman from driving for twelve months.

The judge also ordered the endorsement of his driving licence.

Bridgeman will also receive five penalty points on his driver’s licence as a result of his conviction.