Sunday 23 October 2016

Uninsured driver who refused to get out of girlfriend's car banned 10 years

Eimear Cotter

Published 10/08/2016 | 18:41

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An uninsured motorist who refused to get out of his girlfriend's car after gardai told him they were seizing it has been banned from driving for 10 years.

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Graham Sommers (27) also had to face his girlfriend when he went home and told her that gardai had seized the vehicle.

Sommers was before Blanchardstown District Court for sentencing after a judge ordered a community service report. The court heard he was a suitable candidate.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to complete 220 hours in lieu of a five- month sentence and gave him a 10-year driving ban.

removed The defendant, of Cappagh Drive, Finglas, had admitted to driving without insurance or a licence at Cappagh Road, Finglas, last October 8.

Gda Kevin Sayers had said gardai stopped a Toyota Corolla and discovered the defendant was not insured to drive it.

When he told Sommers the car was being seized, he refused to get out and had to be physically removed.

A defence solicitor said Sommers was driving his girlfriend's car, and while he was not insured to drive it there was insurance on the vehicle.

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