Judge tempted to in­crease driv­ing ban to eight months

COURT ES­TO­NIAN MAN AP­PEALS BE­ING PUT OFF ROAD FOR EIGHT WEEKS

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AN ARK­LOW MAN who re­ceived an eight-week driv­ing ban in the District Court with­drew his ap­peal af­ter Judge Ger­ard Grif­fin said he was very tempted to in­crease the ban to eight months at last Tues­day’s sit­ting of Wick­low Cir­cuit Court.

Casper Tubarik, 24 Fast­net Court­yard, Ma­rina Vil­lage, Ark­low had been con­victed in the District Court of danger­ous driv- ing and re­ceived an eight-week driv­ing ban.

State so­lic­i­tor Rory Benville said that Sgt. Burke was driv­ing in an un­marked car north­bound on the N11 near Jack White’s Inn on June 30, 2006. At 7.30pm he no­ticed a num­ber of cars and in par­tic­u­lar Tubarik who pulled out to over­take forc­ing Sgt. Burke to pull in to­wards the hard shoul­der and take eva­sive action.

He flashed his lights at Tubarik to pull back in to his own side which Tubarik did but as he drove past Sgt. Burke’s car he stuck up his fin­gers at Sgt. Burke.

Tubarik, the court heard, was a 29-year-old Es­to­nian na­tional.

Act­ing for Tubarik so­lic­i­tor David Tar­rant said Tubarik was self-em­ployed and his liveli­hood de­pended on his li­cence.

He said it was a very wide stretch of the road and apol­o­gised to the court on Tubarik’s be­half. ‘Does he know how many deaths take place on the N11?’ won­dered Judge Grif­fin.

He said he was very tempted to in­crease the ban from eight weeks to eight months.

Mr. Tar­rant then with­drew the ap­peal and the District Court or­der was af­firmed.

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