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Friday 24 January 2020

Driver 'hit accelerator instead of the brake'

Alan McDonald had a driving licence and insurance and there was “no logical” explanation for him driving off, his lawyer said. (stock photo)
Alan McDonald had a driving licence and insurance and there was “no logical” explanation for him driving off, his lawyer said. (stock photo)

A motorist who drove off when gardai indicated for him to stop had accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, a court has heard.

Alarm fitter Alan McDonald (21) had a driving licence and insurance and there was "no logical" explanation for him driving off, his lawyer said.

The defendant, of The Old Mill, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co Meath, admitted careless driving before Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh fined him €200 but did not ban him from driving.

Rolling

McDonald had been charged with dangerous driving but the judge had accepted a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving.

Garda John Considine said he was on mobile patrol last February 1 when he indicated for a white Honda Civic to stop.

The driver accelerated off, and the garda saw McDonald rolling the vehicle into a field at New Park, in Finglas, after he failed to navigate a corner.

Gda Considine estimated that McDonald reached speeds of 120kph.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said McDonald hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and then lost control of the car.

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