Girlfriend's sore foot lands man in court
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A WEXFORD town man has explained to Wexford District Court why he drove his girlfriend's car a few hundred yards to the shop when he had no licence and wasn't insured.
Alan O'Brien (27), of 34 Liam Mellows Park, said he was the one driving because his girlfriend had a sore foot at the time was stopped on the Whitemill Road by Garda Declan Dennehy on April 16, 2010.
Garda Dennehy said that O'Brien was exiting the car after it had been stopped and initially denied driving, with the Garda telling Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla that the defendant 'made a scene' to back up his lie.
O'Brien, who has no previous convictions, apologised for his actions and said that he had only driven it a short distance, from his home to the car park of a local shop, a few hundred yards away.
Garda Dennehy explained that the owner of the car, O'Brien's girlfriend, was with him at the time. He said she was insured, but claimed she had been driving, even though two Gardaí saw clearly that she was not.
He said that a summons had not been served on her yet, but she too would face a charge in relation to the incident.
' That was my fault, I told her to say it, I got a fright,' said O'Brien. 'How did you end up driving?' Judge O Buachalla asked him.
'My girlfriend had a sore foot and asked me to drive across the road so we could get some groceries,' replied O'Brien, adding that the injury in question was an ankle sprain.
Judge O Buachalla adjourned the case for one year in the hope that O'Brien does not come to the attention of the Gardaí in the meantime. 'I'll deal with penalty on that date,' said the judge, adjourning the case until January 3, 2012.