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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Farmer on driving ban jailed for fleeing crashed car

Nicolai Dikov (31) absconded from the vehicle following the crash, because he was banned from driving at the time. (Stock picture)
Nicolai Dikov (31) absconded from the vehicle following the crash, because he was banned from driving at the time. (Stock picture)

A banned driver was lucky to walk away uninjured after he lost control of his car, skidded around a dangerous bend and crashed into a hedge.

Nicolai Dikov (31) absconded from the vehicle following the crash, because he was banned from driving at the time.

Judge Dermot Dempsey sentenced Dikov to eight months in prison, fined him €200 and banned him from driving for 10 years.

The defendant, from Hynestown Lane in Naul, admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence, as well as failing to stay at the scene of an accident.

Garda Amanda King told Swords District Court that she was on mobile patrol on December 27, 2016, when she received a call about an accident on the R108 Roganstown Road.

Gda King said the driver had lost control of the car, which landed on its roof, skidded around a dangerous bend and collided with a wall and hedge.

Banned

There was no tax or insurance on the vehicle. Gda King said she found personal items in the defendant's name in the car.

She contacted him and Dikov reported to Swords Garda Station in January.

Gda King said the defendant admitted driving the vehicle on the day in question. He also admitted to crashing it and absconding from the scene.

He told Gda King he absconded because he was banned from driving.

The court heard the vehicle had also been falsely registered.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Dikov has a chronic alcohol problem, but is trying to get his drinking under control.

She said he "got quite a shock" when he had the accident and is no longer driving.

Ms D'Arcy said the defendant has lived in Ireland for 12 years and had been working as a farmer, though he has been out of work for the last three years.

She asked the judge to give him "one last chance".

However, imposing an eight-month sentence, the judge said Dikov had been driving while disqualified.

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