Off the road for 10 years
Factory worker Michael Howlin (49), Clonard Little, Wexford was put off the road for ten years after Judge Gerard Haughton was given details of his latest misbehaviour behind the wheel at the District Court.
Superintendent John McDonald told how, on January 5, 2016, gardaí had a checkpoint in place at Clonard when they noticed a silver Nissan Almera approaching.
The car accelerated past them and drove off at speed, overtaking a Nissan Micra on a bend before pulling into the grounds of a private dwelling.
He told the gardaí who caught up with him there that he had panicked because he had no insurance.
It was confirmed in court that he could not have been covered as he was disqualified during 2015 from holding a licence for five years for a previous motor insurance offence.
Back in 2013 he was also found driving without insurance and banned for two years.
Solicitor Ed King said his client had no intention to drive again and suggested that a community service order might be appropriate.
Judge Haughton preferred to fine Howlin €500 for careless driving and suspending nine months in prison.
'He'll have to serve the sentence if he drives again,' the judge told Mr King.