English motorist pulled over when speeding to ferry
A 33-YEAR-OLD motorist rushing to the ferry port in Rosslare Harbour missed his boat after he was intercepted driving along the N25 at more than 170 km/h and arrested by gardaí last Tuesday evening.
The case was brought to the courthouse in Ardcavan, along with his prisoner, the next day by Garda Darren McDarby. He told how accused Daniel Nolan – with a London address of 60 King's Close in Hendon – came to his attention after a report from a member of the public was logged complaining about Nolan's manner of driving. He detected a UK-registered black BMW travelling at 176 km/h in Taghmon on the New Ross to Wexford road, where a 100 km/h applied. The Garda told Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla that 176 km/h was 109 miles per hour.
It emerged that the defendant had two previous convictions for motoring offences and he was put off the road for a couple of years in 2006.
The 6 Series BMW was a powerful car, the Garda noted. The accused driver was on his way to catch an 8.45 p.m. ferry and he was behind schedule after being obliged to take a diversion near Clonmel on his way from Limerick. He was due in London on the day of the court sitting to commence a pipe-laying contract taken on by his firm.
The judge imposed two convictions for dangerous driving, at Tomcoole in Taghmon and at Carroreagh, with fines of €700 in both cases. Nolan was disqualified from driving in this jurisdiction for two years.