Mo­tor­cy­clist (26) went into a ‘sheer panic’

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A mo­tor­cy­clist has been put off the road for two years for lead­ing Gar­daí on a high speed chase through south Sligo this time last year.

Daniel Phe­lan (26) of Tower Cre­sent, Con­nolly Park, Tub­ber­curry pleaded guilty be­fore Judge Kil­rane at Tub­ber­curry District Court to dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Do- omore and Car­raun in Tub­ber­curry and to driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­sur­ance at Bal­ly­glass, Cloona­cool on 3rd Au­gust 2017.

The court heard Phe­lan “took off at speed along nar­row back roads”, went through a cross­roads at 120kph with­out slow­ing down, pass­ing a lady out walk­ing and forc­ing an­other car to pull in be­fore he even­tu­ally fell off his bike.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Laura Spell­man told Judge Kil­rane that Phe­lan was “struck with sheer panic” when he saw the Garda car. Judge Kil­rane struck out the Car­raun charge but fined him ¤250 for dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Doomore, ¤250 for no in­sur­ance and dis­qual­i­fied him for two years.

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