‘I was in the chipper,’ says driver who abandoned his car

A DRIVER who abandoned his car in the middle of a busy street while he went into a local chipper has been fined €300 at a local court.

A DRIVER who abandoned his car in the middle of a busy street while he went into a local chipper has been fined €300 at a local court.

Martin O’Reilly, 19, of Portauns, Kilmallock was before the local court charged with parking - endangering, interfering or obstructing other traffic (driver) at Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock on May 21 last.

Garda Ken O’Day of Bruff garda station told Kilmallock Court that on the date in question he was on patrol at Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock when he observed a car parked in the middle of the road which he said was preventing the traffic “from proceeded on its natural course”.

“The driver had abandoned the vehicle. There were a number of males in the passenger seats,” Garda O’Day told the court.

Garda O’Day said he eventually spoke to the driver, Martin O’Reilly, when he emerged from a nearby take-away.

The court heard that when Garda O’Day spoke to O’Reilly about the manner of his parking, he replied: “What is the issue? I was in the chipper”.

The court heard that a fine was issued for obstructing traffic but was not paid by O’Reilly.

Judge Mary Larkin imposed a fine of €300 for parking - endangering, interfering or obstructing other traffic (driver) on the date in question.