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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Driver carried 'lunatic' on bonnet to get some chips

Lisa McGinley
Lisa McGinley

A young woman who drove a 'lunatic' on the bonnet of her car to a chip shop after he demanded she take him for chips has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving.

Student Lisa McGinley drove her car for more than 500 metres up Main Street, Letterkenny with the complete stranger waving to onlookers.

Ms McGinley (20) appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday facing a number of charges.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which took place on October 20, 2013.

The footage showed hundreds of revellers emerging from a local nightclub and a man jumping onto the bonnet of Ms McGinley's white Honda Civic car.

In the video the man could be seen giving the thumbs-up to passers by as Ms McGinley carries him on the bonnet, before driving through a red traffic light and then pulling in at a local chip shop.

STRANGER

The man could then be seen shaking Ms McGinley's hand after the incident.

Frank Dorrian, solicitor for McGinley, of Broomfield, Castlefin, Lifford, said the man was a complete stranger and said he would only get off the car if the driver took him for chips. He added that his client was very anxious on the night.

"She had been remonstrating with the man to get off the bonnet of the car," said Mr Dorrian.

Judge Paul Kelly asked: "Why didn't she just stop. What would have happened if this lunatic had fallen off the bonnet?"

Insp Michael Harrison told the court that gardai had been unable to identity the man on the bonnet of the car.

Ms McGinley faced three charges, including dangerous driving, driving through a red traffic light and using a vehicle without an NCT certificate.

Judge Kelly said he was recommending that Ms McGinley undertake the local Pro Social Drivers course to improve her driving skills. He adjourned sentence until May 25.

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