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Friday 20 October 2017

Young driver overtook cars on the inside

20-YEAR-OLD RISKS JAIL TERM

A YOUNG man who overtook two cars on inside on the busy N11 and drove in a careless manner on his way from Wexford to Enniscorthy has been told that his level of cooperation with the probation service will determine whether he receives a suspended sentence or a prison term.

Daniel Corrigan (20), with an address at 33 Sycamore Avenue, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15, came before Wexford District Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and careless driving at Newcastle, Crossabeg, on April 12, 2009.

Inspector Pat McDonald said another motorist made the complaint in relation to Corrigan, who was driving from Wexford to Enniscorthy when he overtook two vehicles on their inside at Newcastle.

He then came up behind the motorist who called the Gardaí, going in to overtake him on his inside also, before swinging back out quickly and overtaking him on the outside.

The court heard that Corrigan has 11 previous convictions, two for driving without insurance. He had been disqualified from driving for three years at Gorey District Court last October.

Eva Lalor, for Corrigan, outlined the difficulties he has faced in recent times, when he was abusing drugs and was homeless for some time. 'He is clean now and living with his mother,' said Ms Lalor.

'He went through a very difficult patch in his life when he couldn't cope with certain matters,' she added. 'He's on the straight and narrow now and has gone back boxing.'

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla sought a probation officer's report and warned Corrigan that his level of co-operation with the probation service would be reflected in the report.

' It could be the difference between a suspended sentence and a custodial sentence,' said Judge O Buachalla.

He adjourned the case until July 19, but in the meantime added another two years onto Corrigan's existing three-year driving ban, in respect of the no insurance charge.

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