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Saturday 21 October 2017

Taxi fare dodger has no memory of fleeing

A MAN who fled from a taxi driver because he had no money for his fare - and says he has no memory of the incident - has avoided a conviction.

Andrew Hogan (29) of Darcystown, Balbriggan was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Balbriggan District Court after he pleaded guilty to the non-payment of a €69 taxi fare.

The incident happened on March 1 when Hogan was travelling home in a taxi from Phibsboro.

The taxi driver brought Hogan to an ATM on Drogheda Street when Hogan had told him he had no money with him.

CHASE

"He then fled the scene on foot and the taxi driver gave chase," said Sergeant Tony Tighe.

Sgt Tighe said the defendant did make efforts to pay back the fare when he went to the garda station but gardai could not facilitate this.

Hogan, who has four previous convictions, represented himself in court and said he cannot remember what happened on the night. He offered an apology to the taxi driver and gardai.

He said he had the taxi fare with him in court and can give more money for the taxi driver's troubles. Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that Hogan pay €100 to the taxi driver and applied the Probation Act.

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