BAN FOR VAN DRIVER OVER NEAR MISS WITH bike and GARDA CAR
A CYCLIST and a motorist were lucky to avoid an accident after a dangerous driver overtook three vehicles while they were queuing at T-junction, a court has heard.
Michael Connors (29) caused an oncoming cyclist and driver to swerve after he pulled out to pass three queuing cars, one of which was an unmarked Garda patrol car.
Judge Alan Mitchell fined him €300 and banned him from driving for two years.
Connors (inset), of The Maudlins, New Ross, Co Wexford, admitted before Swords District Court a charge of dangerous driving after the judge refused to accept a plea to careless driving.
Garda Adrian Cahill said he was on patrol in an unmarked car in Portmarnock village around 6pm on June 26 when a white van overtook him at the junction of Strand Road and Wendell Avenue. The van crossed a continuous white line and overtook two other cars in front of him. He told the court an oncoming car was forced to brake suddenly, as was a cyclist.
Gda Cahill followed and stopped Connors who apologised for his behaviour.
Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said the defendant made a stupid decision and was holding his hands up.
Mr Jackson said Connors, who is unemployed and on social welfare, was hoping to avoid a ban as he takes his mother to medical appointments.
But Judge Mitchell said he considered Connors' driving to be dangerous and the incident could have been worse.