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Four months jail for bus lane danger driver

A DRIVER who weaved in and out of a bus lane at high speed, forcing other vehicles on a busy dual carriageway to repeatedly brake to avoid him, has been jailed for four months.

Edward Byrne (20) also drove though a junction without stopping and was lucky that he did not cause an accident.

Judge Patrick Brady fined Byrne a total of €1,850, disqualified him from driving for five years and sentenced him to four months in prison.



JUNCTION

The defendant, of Aungier Street, Dublin 2, admitted to driving without insurance, NCT certificate or a driving licence on the R132 Swords Road on September 15 last year.

He also admitted to driving without due care and attention in the same incident.

Garda Caroline Hyland said she was on patrol when Byrne drove through a junction at speed.

The garda followed the defendant, who weaved in and out of a bus lane on the R132, and caused a number of vehicles to brake suddenly to avoid him.

The court heard that Byrne had 17 previous convictions, including four convictions for driving without insurance. He is serving an 18-month sentence, and is not due for release until August 2011.



CONSTRUCTION

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Byrne had eight siblings, and his parents separated when he was a child.

Ms D'Arcy said the defendant did not have drink or drug problems, but had had a difficult upbringing. He wanted to serve his sentence, and when he got out of prison he hoped to get a job in construction, she said.

She asked the judge not to extend his sentence.

Judge Brady sentenced Byrne to four months in prison, consecutive to the 18 months he is currently serving.

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