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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Driver caught doing handbrake turns at GAA club

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

A driver caught doing handbrake turns near a GAA club has been ordered to complete a driving awareness course.

Darren Cosgrove (21) ran from his car when he saw gardai approaching, but was arrested after a short chase, Tallaght District Court was told.

He pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving without insurance or a driving licence at St Mark's GAA Club, Cookstown Road, Tallaght, last September 24.

Cosgrove, of Kilmartin Ave-nue, Tallaght, was originally charged with dangerous driving, but Judge Patricia Mc- Namara accepted a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving.

Gda Paul Gilltrap said he was on patrol when gardai received a number of calls about a man who was driving erratically on the green area near St Mark's GAA club.

Gda Gilltrap went to the scene and found Cosgrove driving at speed on a green area and making handbrake turns.

Convictions

The officer said Cosgrove got out of the car and ran off, but was caught after a short chase.

The court heard that Cosgrove had three previous convictions, but none for road traffic matters. Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Cosgrove, a keen sportsman, has never held a driving licence but hoped to sit the theory test soon.

Mr Hennessy said Cosgrove had job prospects, but they were mobile in nature, and he would be asking the judge not to ban him from driving.

Mr Hennessy also handed a number of reference letters into court, which described Cosgrove as having a "fantastic personality".

Judge McNamara said Cosgrove's behaviour was foolish and he could have killed someone.

As a driver, "you never know when something unexpected will happen", she said

She ordered Cosgrove to complete the restorative justice driving awareness course and adjourned sentencing to May.