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Friday 14 December 2018

Teen biker who fled gardai gets €200 fine and a two-year ban

Dean Fitzimons
Dean Fitzimons

A teenage biker on the wrong side of the road mounted a footpath and took off when gardai indicated for him to stop, a court heard.

Dean Fitzimons (18) was also not wearing a helmet and had no lights on the motorcycle.

Judge David McHugh fined Fitzimons €200 and put him off the road for two years.

The defendant, of Corduff Place, Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court that he was driving without insurance or a licence at the time.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in the incident at Corduff Close in Blanchardstown on February 1.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol at around 11.30pm when they came across Fitzimons who was driving a motorbike on the wrong side of the road. path

She told the court that there were no lights on the vehicle and the defendant was not wearing a helmet.

Sgt Callaghan said Fitzimons mounted a footpath and drove over a green area, towards Corduff Close.

He continued on the wrong side of the road before mounting another path and eventually stopping at Corduff Park.

The officer said gardai made the demand for Fitzimons to produce his insurance or driving licence, but he failed to do so.

The court heard that the defendant had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Fitzimons lived at home with his family.

He was working for a delivery company, and his partner was expecting their first child.

Mr Fleming said the bike was not stolen, and Fitzimons realised he was facing a driving ban.

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