Man caught for dangerous driving in Limerick days after being put off the road

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a four month prison sentence

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a four month prison sentence

A MOTORIST was found guilty of dangerous driving three days after he was put off the road, Kilmallock Court heard.

Gerard Horgan, aged 20, of Newtown Upper, Tipperary was charged with dangerous driving at Monastery Road, Doon on January 29, 2017. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving and no insurance.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said at around 4.30pm on that date Garda John Ryan observed Mr Horgan parked at a filling station.

“Garda Ryan was aware he was a disqualified driver. He [Mr Horgan] took off at speed. Garda Ryan deployed his lights and siren and followed the car.

“The defendant drove through Toomaline and Monastery Road, Doon at high speed. Due to the manner of the defendant’s driving Garda Ryan had to pull back. He later arrested Mr Horgan at his home,” said Sgt Leahy.

Judge Marian O’Leary asked Mr Horgan’s solicitor, Sabina Hegerty why she should reduce the charge from dangerous to careless driving.

“There was nobody injured,” said Ms Hegerty.

“Not good enough,” said Judge O’Leary, who noted Mr Horgan was disqualified from driving for no insurance in Kilmallock Court three days before the incident in Doon.

“I’m not going to reduce it,” said Judge O’Leary.

Mr Horgan then entered a plea to dangerous driving.

Ms Hegerty said his client was very sorry for the incident.

“He hasn’t come to garda attention since January 2017,” said Ms Hegerty. The court heard he came to garda attention in July 2017.

“I understood he hadn’t. He was extremely co-operative when Garda Ryan called to him later. He is 20 years of age. In a lot of the offences there is an element of immaturity involved. He presents today as a different gentleman than I met in January 2017,” said Ms Hegerty.

She said Mr Horgan has engaged well with the Probation Services.

“He is dealing with his issues around drugs and has been drug free for two months. He and his partner are expecting a child in the next six months and he wants to be a good influence on the child.

“He wants to end his offending behaviour. He is doing quite well. He left school at 16. He fell in with the wrong crowd. He started taking drugs and it spiralled out of control. He is still quite a young gentleman with his whole life ahead of him. Hopefully he will turn his life around with the help of the Probation Services,” said Ms Hegerty.

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a four month prison sentence, disqualified Mr Horgan from driving for six years and fined him €400 for dangerous driving.

For no insurance, Mr Horgan was put off the road for six years and fined €400.

Recognaissance was fixed in the event of an appeal.