September 30, 2023

A person ordered to do a protected driving course after driving his horse and cart to get cigarettes whereas drunk has had his case adjourned – after forgetting to carry his protected driving certificates to courtroom.

Danny Connors, 48, had appeared earlier than Letterkenny District Court docket in Co Donegal which heard he was three and a half instances over the drink-driving restrict.

The courtroom heard that Connors was stopped by Gardai at 8.55am on the morning of June 20, 2021.

Gardai stated they noticed Connors come up the Port Highway in Letterkenny on what was described as ‘a horse drawn carriage’.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton instructed the courtroom that Garda Eoin Nicholson had spoken to Connors twenty minutes beforehand at his deal with and famous that he was ‘extremely intoxicated’.

Gardai adopted Connors, who was noticed swaying on the street, Sergeant Dalton stated.

Connors refused to cease and continued onto Pearse Highway. Connors was additionally shouting abuse on the time.

When ordered to cease an irate Connors instructed Gardai “Fuck off, I’m not stopping.”

When finally stopped, Connors was arrested for an offence opposite to Part 6 of the Highway Visitors Act, 2010.

A subsequent check confirmed that Connors, a 48-year-old with an deal with at Canal Highway, Neil T Blaney Highway, Letterkenny had a studying of 177 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The courtroom heard that Connors has ‘a quantity’ of earlier convictions, together with for the same cost in 2018.

Connors additionally has earlier for resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and numerous street site visitors issues.

Solicitor for Connors, Mr Michael Shiel, stated his shopper took the horse and cart, ‘in opposition to his higher judgement’, to get cigarettes.

“Within the chilly gentle of day, he holds his arms up and he apologises for his behaviour,” Mr Shiel stated.

“He apologises profusely and assures me that it gained’t occur once more.”

Decide Éiteáin Cunningham had beforehand requested that probation and welfare report, to incorporate a advice on Connors’ suitability for group service, be ready.

Decide Cunningham really useful that Connors sit the Professional Social Driving Course and ordered him to make a €250 contribution to the course.

When he appeared again in courtroom this week, his solicitor stated Connors had efficiently accomplished the driving course and had despatched the certificates into courtroom.

Decide Cunningham stated she had actually not seen the certificates.

After consulting together with his shopper, Mr Shiel stated Connors stated he actually did the course however had left the certificates at residence.

Decide Cunningham adjourned the case to October twenty third for the manufacturing of the protected driving certificates and to permit her time to learn the Probation report.


Drunk horse and cart man forgets protected driving certificates was final modified: July twenty seventh, 2023 by Workers Author