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Sunday 22 April 2018

Lawyer who drove at 187kph on motorway gets six-month ban

Judge Alan Mitchell fined O'Doherty €1,000 and disqualified him from driving for six months. (stock photo)
Judge Alan Mitchell fined O'Doherty €1,000 and disqualified him from driving for six months. (stock photo)

A lawyer who was clocked speeding at 187kph on a motor- way has been banned from driving for six months.

Ronan O'Doherty (29) was driving his parents' car and said he failed to realise he was driving so fast.

He was caught after another motorist called gardai.

Judge Alan Mitchell fined O'Doherty €1,000 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

The judge told O'Doherty that a driving licence is a privilege, not a right, and should not be abused.

The defendant, of Haddington Way West, Dublin 4, admitted before Bray District Court to careless driving.

The incident happened on the M11 at Ballyhenry, Ashford, Co Wicklow, on February 16.

O'Doherty was originally charged with dangerous driving, but the judge accepted a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving.

That offence, unlike dangerous driving, does not carry a mandatory two-year ban.

Gda Trevor Conroy said he was working at around 11pm when officers received a call from a motorist in relation to a vehicle that had passed at speed.

Chased

Gda Conroy said the surface of the road was wet.

He added that O'Doherty was clocked doing 187kph in a 120kph zone.

Gda Conroy said O'Doherty was forced to slow down a number of times when he came up behind other vehicles in the overtaking lane.

The court heard that gardai chased the vehicle, a silver Mazda 6, and it stopped a short distance away.

Gda Conroy said O'Doherty was shown the speed gun and apologised for his driving, saying he did not realise how fast he was going.

The court heard O'Doherty has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor David Tarrant said he was driving his parents' car and failed to realise the great speed at which he was travelling.

Mr Tarrant added that the defendant worked in the legal business and relied on his car and he asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.

Judge Mitchell said O'Doherty was more than 50pc over the speed limit, and for that reason he was disqualifying him from driving for six months.

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