Uninsured driver was caught after he overtook garda car
A banned driver who overtook a garda car that was stopped in a line of traffic has "no excuses" for his behaviour.
Bernard Lawrence (30) drove on to the other side of the road in Finglas village, and oncoming cars were forced to swerve to avoid him.
Judge David McHugh fined Lawrence €100, disqualified him from driving for four years and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison.
The defendant, of Clearstream Court, McKee Avenue, Dublin 11, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to careless driving.
The incident happened at Main Street in Finglas last October 19.
Lawrence further admitted to driving without insurance or a licence in the same incident.
Gda Barry Hehir said he was on patrol when he saw Lawrence driving down Finglas Main Street.
Gda Hehir said the patrol car was stopped in a line of traffic at the lights.
Lawrence drove past the patrol car and three other vehicles, going on to the other side of the road to complete the manoeuvre.
Gda Hehir said there were a number of oncoming cars, which had to swerve to avoid the defendant.
The court heard that Lawrence had previous convictions and received a four-year disqualification in 2014 for uninsured driving.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Lawrence was a married man with three young children.
He said his client had "no excuses" for his behaviour, and he realised that he simply should not have been driving.
He said the defendant had been nearing the end of a driving ban and was now facing further time off the road.
Mr Fleming also asked the judge not to send Lawrence to jail.