Newcastle Court heard the driver crossed over a broken centre line and collided with a patrol car driven by Garda Moriarty
CRISTINA Bueno Ribeiro, Orchard Heights, Charleville was fined €300 at Newcastle West court when she was convicted of driving without insurance at Ballynoe, Castlemahon on December 31, 2017.
“I won’t, reluctantly, under the circumstances disqualify her,” Judge Mary Larkin said.
Earlier, Inspector Andrew Lacey told the court the accused had been involved in a traffic accident at Ballynoe on that date when she crossed over a broken centre line and collided with a patrol car driven by Garda Moriarty.
The garda had to take evasive action, he said.
Pleading for his client, solicitor John Lynch said she was an Italian national with an Italian passport and licence.
She was a named driver on a policy taken out in October 2017, payable through ten monthly instalments, he explained.
One month’s instalment had been paid, he said but the policy holder left the country and returned to Brazil and the second instalment was not made.
His client was not aware the insurance policy had been cancelled, Mr Lynch said.
Speed was not an issue in the accident, he said but there was an issue of tyres needing to be analysed.
The steering wheel had started to wobble in her hands, he explained, and the car came across the line three or four times.
As far as his client was concerned, she was driving a roadworthy vehicle and was insured.
And he pleaded that a disqualification would cause extreme hardship to a very genuine case.