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Sunday 17 December 2017

Banned driver who tried to flee accident jailed for four months

(Stock picture)
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A banned driver who "took off" from the scene of an accident, then gave gardai a false name and address has been jailed for four months.

Eoin Cummins (39) was caught when forced to stop by heavy traffic as he drove away. He was driving without insurance for the third time.

In a separate incident, gardai found knives in a car he was using to give another man a lift, even though he was uninsured.

Cummins, a father-of-four from St Attracta Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of knives.

Stopped

Dublin District Court heard the accused was stopped on the Ballymun Road on July 5, 2016.

He was stopped again on August 2, when gardai searched the car and found two knives.

On June 22 this year, gardai in Finglas village centre saw him reverse into the car behind him.

He "took off", but stopped at a red traffic light when he could go no further. He then gave gardai a false name, address and date of birth.

Cummins had been handed a four-year driving ban in 2015 - when he had also received a community service order.

His solicitor explained the knives found in the car belonged to a man to whom Cummins had given a lift.

The accused had overcome past addictions but they had "caused him more difficulties" in the last 18 months, his lawyer said.

False

On the collision, his lawyer said Cummins had been in the middle of a one-way street in heavy traffic and was moving his car to let traffic past.

Cummins had provided a false name and address because he was fully aware he was disqualified.

"He understands he simply cannot drive," Cummins's lawyer said.

"He knew well what may be coming down the path on subsequent convictions for driving without insurance."

Judge Waters said Cummins had been granted bail when he went out and drove again without insurance.

The community service sanction he was given in 2015 "didn't work", the judge said.

He imposed concurrent sentences totalling four months and fined Cummins €450.

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