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Driver feared that gardai would seize girlfriend's car

A FITNESS instructor failed to stop for gardai because he was driving his girlfriend's car and he was afraid the vehicle would be seized, a court heard.

Brendan Smith (26) ignored the flashing lights and siren of the patrol car and drove "at a reasonable pace" to his home.

Judge David McHugh fined Smith €300 and sentenced him to three months in prison.

The defendant, of Neilstown Drive in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance and failing to stop a vehicle.

Garda Gavin Curran said he was on mobile patrol shortly after 3pm on June 28 last when he saw Smith driving a silver Volvo S40.


Gda Curran said he knew Smith was disqualified from driving at the time so he indicated for him to pull over.

The garda said he activated the blue lights and siren but Smith continued to drive, at a reasonable pace, to his home.

Gda Curran said he spoke to Smith who told him he did not stop because the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend and he did not want it seized.

The court heard Smith has four previous convictions for having no insurance.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Smith, a bricklayer and fitness instructor, did not want the car seized.

Mr Hanahoe also said that Smith did not "put the boot down" as he was being followed by gardai.