Man’s seat-swap stunt

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

A MAN who swapped seats with his girl­friend af­ter gar­daí stopped his car fol­low­ing a se­ries of dan­ger­ous driv­ing ma­noeu­vres has es­caped a jail sen­tence.

Eugene Flana­gan was spot­ted driv­ing er­rat­i­cally and tail­gat­ing an off-duty garda on the main Derry to Let­terkenny Road while flash­ing his ve­hi­cle’s lights at around 9.30pm on April 18.

He over­took the garda on a con­tin­u­ous white line and then pulled into a hard shoul­der.

Af­ter the garda passed him, Flana­gan again re­peated the ma­noeu­vre. Gar­daí were alerted and stopped Flana­gan at Burt, Co. Done­gal. Gar­daí found that Flana­gan, 39, of 19 Craw­ford Square, Derry, had swapped seats with his fe­male pas­sen­ger, who was his girl­friend.

He ap­peared at Let­terkenny Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

His lawyer said that his client did not make any ex­cuses for his driv­ing but claimed that his pas­sen­ger had a med­i­cal emer­gency.

Judge Paul Kelly said it was no ex­cuse and de­scribed the driv­ing as ‘highly dan­ger­ous’. Judge Kelly re­duced the charge to care­less driv­ing and fined Flana­gan €200.

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