Monday 22 January 2018

Teen driver narrowly avoided a collision

A TEENAGER drove past a line of traffic and suddenly turned right, causing other motorists to brake to avoid a collision, a court heard.

Jonathan Flanagan (19) came to the attention of gardai because the car he was driving did not have a front registration plate.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for six weeks.

The defendant, of Glenmaroon Park, Palmers- town, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to careless driving at Kennelsfort Road Upper, Palmerstown, last October 25.

Flanagan was originally charged with dangerous driving, but Judge McHugh accepted a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving.

The accused also admitted to criminal damage at Ronanstown Garda Station on the same date.


Gda Gerard Reynolds said he was on patrol at around 12.55pm when he saw a 2005-registered vehicle being driven along Kennelsfort Road.

Gda Reynolds said he noticed the front registration plate was missing from the vehicle. He indicated for the driver to stop, but Flanagan passed along a line of traffic.

He then turned right, causing cars to stop suddenly to avoid a collision.

The court heard Flanagan was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station where he caused damage to the front door of the station.

The cost of the damage was €300. The court heard he had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said the damage to the door was €300 and Flanagan was willing to pay for it, but would need time to save up.

Judge McHugh adjourned sentencing to a date next month.

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