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Saturday 16 December 2017

Father (19) in 200kph dash to aid upset pal

A TEENAGER who reached speeds just short of 200kph on the M50 was rushing to get to a female friend, after she rang him in tears saying she had been assaulted, a court heard.

Wayne Finane (19) told gardai he didn't usually drive in such a reckless manner, but he was concerned about his friend.

The sales representative , of Temple Court, Northwood, in Santry, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of careless driving.

The incident took place on the M50, at the junction with the N4 and at the Clondalkin interchange (above) on May 19.

Garda David Maguire, who was driving an unmarked patrol car, said Finane's Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling at high speed, and criss-crossing over the three lanes.

The court heard the road was wet and driving conditions were poor. Finane stopped when the garda activated his blue lights and siren.

Margaret McEvilly, defending, said father-of-one Finane had been called by a friend, who said she had been assaulted. She was distraught, and he was rushing to check on her.

Judge Brian Sheridan fined Finane €600.

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