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Friday 15 December 2017

Motorist refused to give name to gardai

A DRIVER who was stopped at a checkpoint and asked for his name told a garda he was not obliged to give it.

Darren Howard (36) also refused to let gardai take his photo, telling them: "I'm not doing it, you can charge me if you want."

Judge David McHugh fined Howard €100 and banned him from driving for two years.

The defendant, of Oakview Way, Hartstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance, refusing to give his name and address to gardai and refusing to be photographed.

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Gda Ciaran Geraghty said he was operating a checkpoint at Diswellstown Road in Castleknock last September 30 when Howard approached driving a Meath-registered car.

There were no documents displayed on the vehicle and the officer asked Howard for his name.

"I'm not obliged to give you my name," he said.

Gda Geraghty said he asked Howard to produce his insurance details, but the defendant said: "Don't even bother saying it."

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant was abusing prescription medication at the time.

Mr Fleming said Howard had been offered work but his lift fell through and he "took a chance and was caught red-handed".

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