A MAN who attempted to get his horse to jump a garda car as officers tried to block the animal caused €600 worth of damage to the vehicle.
The horse that Francis Casey (20), of Clonlong, Southill, Limerick, was riding collided with the vehicle as gardai attempted to get him to dismount in a Limerick city housing estate.
Casey pleaded guilty to willfully or recklessly permitting a horse to pose a danger to property or persons at Donoughmore Crescent, John Carew Park, Southill, Limerick, on May 6.
Garda John Murray told Limerick District Court that the guilty party "intentionally charged" at the garda patrol car with the horse when officers attempted to block his path.
Gda Murray said he had repeatedly asked Casey to stop riding the horse before the incident.
"A number of attempts had been made to get him off the horse," Gda Murray told Judge Eugene O'Kelly.
Counsel for Casey said her client was unable to stop the horse when the patrol car pulled out in front of him.
The judge suspended a four-week prison sentence for four months. Casey is currently serving a five-month sentence for other road traffic offences.