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Friday 17 November 2017

Uninsured driver reversed towards garda patrol car

Ojenima was given a three-month suspended sentence
Ojenima was given a three-month suspended sentence

A young man who stopped in the middle of a dual carriageway, switched off his car lights and reversed towards an oncoming garda patrol car has been given a three-month suspended sentence for a second no-insurance offence.

Nelson Ojenima (24) claimed he was driving a friend to the shops at 12.15am and panicked when he saw a garda checkpoint ahead of him as he wasn't supposed to be driving due to not having any insurance.

The patrol car had to take evasive action to avoid Ojenima's reversing car, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh remarked: "Lucky for the community, the gardai were on the ball."

Ojenima, of Foxdene Avenue, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, contrary to Section 52 (1) of the Road Traffic Act, on June 13, 2016.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and without a driving licence on the same date.

Ridiculous

He has six previous convictions, including one for driving without insurance on June 11, 2015, for which he received a fine but was not disqualified from driving.

Ojenima's solicitor said the 24-year-old is employed as a factory worker but is applying for a lorry licence.

"It was a ridiculous course of action he took on the night and he should have known better," the solicitor said. "He realises he shouldn't be driving a car without insurance, but he was trying to do a friend a favour on the night."

Judge McHugh noted the defendant "has form and managed to avoid a previous disqualification" for having no insurance.

"This is his second outing and he is a very lucky man that he is not going through that door today," said Judge McHugh.

"He is lucky he didn't do something more serious to other road users."

Judge McHugh imposed the suspended sentence and disqualified him from driving for four years for having no insurance, and convicted and fined him €250 for the driving without due care and attention offence.

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