Friday 23 August 2019

Motorist (23) undertook vehicles at speed

A 23-year-old motorist who undertook a number of cars and forced others to brake suddenly, has appeared before Dundalk court.

James Cairns, 7 Monug Road, Crossmaglen, was charged with two counts of dangerous driving. However, gardaí accepted pleas of guilty to lesser charges of careless driving.

The case arose out of incidents which happened at Mullaharlin, Dundalk and Heynestown on 11 December last.

Inspector Darren Kirwan gave evidence that at 8pm at Mullaharlin a black Volkswagen Golf undertook a number of vehicles at speed.

It then swerved on to a lane of a roundabout, forcing vehicles to brake suddenly.

Questioned by Judge Eirinn McKiernan about the charges being reduced, Insp. Kirwan replied the investigating officer was 'happy enough' so to do.

There are no previous convictions.

Barrister Mark O'Hagan said this occurred on a dual carriageway. His client was passing cars out on the inside lane.

He added Cairns is single and lives with his parents.

A qualified electrician, he works with a Rathfriland company which has contracts in Dublin.

Mr O'Hagan asked the judge not to impose a disqualification as Cairns needs his licence to get to work.

Judge McKiernan imposed a fine of €300 on one of the careless driving charges, taking the other into consideration.

She added she wouldn't disqualify the defendant, who she hoped had learned his lesson.

In a separate matter, James Cairns had an assault charge struck out.

The court heard the injured party from an alleged incident at DkIT Sport on 11 December, 2018, had withdrawn his complaint.

The Argus