Driver sped away from check­point

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A young driver turned off his car lights at the Hun­gry Rock at 1 o’clock in the morn­ing to avoid be­ing de­tected by Gar­daí.

Ross Egan (20), of Mount Cres­cent, Coolaney, was also seen driv­ing dan­ger­ously in con­voy with an­other person in a sec­ond car at Lug­nad­effa, Bal­liso­dare the same night, 6 th March 2016.

An off-duty Garda was driv­ing in his own car on the N59 at 1.25am when he saw Egan’s car be­ing driven in a “par­tic­u­lar man­ner” so he fol­lowed him.

Garda Gar­diner was then overtaken at speed by a sec­ond car and said the two cars ap­peared to be in con­voy.

In­spec­tor Paul Kil­coyne told Sligo Dis­trict Court that Egan and his ac­com­plice turned off the N59 to­wards Coolaney and the Hun­gry Rock and turned off their lights “en­tirely” to avoid de­tec­tion.

Garda Gar­diner stopped pur­su­ing them at that point.

The Court heard that Egan went on to com­mit six other Road Traf­fic Of­fences last year.

On 13th April 2016 he was de­tected driv­ing without an N-Plate or tax at Seav­iew Park.

On 11 th Septem­ber Egan was de­tected driv­ing at 78kph in a 50kph zone at Cor­nageeha.

When he was stopped at a Garda Check­point on Tem­ple Street 30 th Oc­to­ber, Gar­daí de­tected the pre­vi­ous of­fences.

Judge Kevin Kil­rane was told Egan sud­denly took off at speed with a Garda hav­ing to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid be­ing struck by his car.

He was later found on Larkhill Road. Egan went on to of­fend again on 9 th De­cem­ber last year when he was found driv­ing without in­sur­ance.

He pleaded guilty to all seven of­fences last Thurs­day.

His solic­i­tor Mr Ger­ard McGovern ad­mit­ted the last of­fence was an over­sight by Egan and he was only out of in­sur­ance cover by one day.

The court heard Egan has three pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, for speed­ing and hav­ing no tax.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult mat­ter,” ad­mit­ted Mr McGovern.

“This young man has been try­ing to avoid today. There are times he hasn’t ap­peared in court but he’s come around.

He said Egan had “a lot of grow­ing up to do.”

Mr McGovern also de­scribed Egan as a “top club young foot- baller” who plays for Sligo/ Leitrim team. He told Judge Kil­rane that for Egan to find him­self in this sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially turn­ing off his car lights, was “just crazy.”

“He’s created havoc for him­self. I told him that he could be look­ing at some­thing that he dreads, be­ing put be­hind bars,” said the solic­i­tor.

He told the judge that there was noth­ing in Egan’s past that would ex­plain his be­hav­iour. Judge Kil­rane said the ques­tion of prison had to be looked at given the of­fences which in­di­cated a “pat­tern.”

“It was a stupid and fool­ish time in my life,” said Egan, ad­mit­ting to the judge that he hadn’t re­spected other road users “look­ing back.”

“The penny’s dropped. I just want to put it be­hind me,” he told the judge.

Judge Kil­rane said he wanted to know more about Egan and or­dered the prepa­ra­tion of a Pro­ba­tion Re­port and any tes­ti­mo­ni­als for 2nd Novem­ber at Sligo Dis­trict Court.

Sligo Court­house on Teel­ing Street.

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