Handbrake turn driver was 'in a hurry'
A YOUNG man who did a handbrake turn through a junction on a rural road has told Wexford District Court he was in a hurry as he had to get home to make a curfew.
Thomas Dempsey (18), of Wilkinstown, Glynn, was charged with dangerous driving arising out of the incident at 7.50 p.m. on May 12, 2010.
Inspector Pat McDonald said that Dempsey, driving a Nissan Micra, was observed by gardaí doing a handbrake turn across the Wilkinstown cross junction onto the Glynn Road.
The inspector said that two of the car's wheels on one side of the Micra left the road and it hit the grass verge. He also said that the left front tyre was excessively worn and there were a number of small cracks in the body of the car.
Inspector McDonald described it as 'a clear case of dangerous driving' and said that there were 'no injuries thankfully, but that was luck rather than anything else'.
Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla heard that Dempsey had 32 previous convictions and had been disqualified from driving for six years last June, though this order is under appeal, on the grounds that it was too severe.
Ed King, for Dempsey, said his client had also served a six-month sentence last year due to a burglary conviction.
He said that Dempsey, who has a son, had come under the influence of a family member around the time of his past offences, pointing out that it 'was not a good influence'.
Mr King said that Dempsey had informed him, when queried about his handbrake turn, that he was rushing home to meet a curfew.
Judge O Buachalla convicted Dempsey of dangerous driving and disqualified him from driving for two years. He was also fined €400.
Charges of driving without an NCT, not displaying an L plate, driving on a provisional licence while unaccompanied and having an excessively worn tyre were taken into consideration.