Clocked at 168km/h driv­ing out of vil­lage

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

John Doyle (24) of 26 Wood­view Drive, Adamstown was clocked trav­el­ling at 168 km/h per hour as he left Oyle­gate on Fe­bru­ary 10 last year.

He at­tended the Dis­trict Court in Gorey to plead guilty to care­less driv­ing on the oc­ca­sion in re­sponse to a sum­mons ini­ti­ated by the traf­fic corps.

Garda Cathal Burke re­called in court how the de­fen­dant’s ve­hi­cle ac­cel­er­ated away from the 50 km/h zone in Oyle­gate on the night in ques­tion.

As the garda fol­lowed, Doyle over­took other ve­hi­cles, caus­ing on­com­ing traf­fic to take avoid­ing ac­tion.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton trans­lated the 168 km/h fig­ure to 105 miles per hour. De­fend­ing solic­i­tor Lana Do­herty told him that the car turned out to be­long to the de­fen­dant’s mother.

Doyle had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion, Ms Do­herty stressed. He worked night shifts from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in a bak­ery 15 kilo­me­tres from home, she said, and he needed his li­cence for the drive to work. Ms Do­herty reck­oned that the ac­cused had learned a very sharp les­son.

He pleaded guilty to care­less driv­ing, earn­ing him­self €1,000 in fines. The judge pointed out that the in­ci­dent will af­fect his in­sur­ance pre­mium for years and if he re-of­fends within the com­ing three years, then noth­ing will save him from dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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