A young man who seen driving erratically and swerving all over the road did not have insurance or a driving licence at the time, a court has heard.
Gbolahan Olaleye (26), Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after he urinated on the ground when stopped by gardaí.
He also admitted possession of drugs and driving without insurance or a valid driving licence arising out of the incident at Derham Park, Balbriggan on February 18 last.
The court heard gardaí were on patrol when they observed the defendant driving a grey Vauxhall Astra shortly before 11pm driving erratically. The vehicle continued to drive, braking erratically and swerving across the road.
When it came to a stop at Derham Park there was no tax disc or insurance disc displayed, the court presenter told Balbriggan District Court.
When gardaí spoke to the defendant he was slurring his words and there was a strong smell of cannabis. He then proceeded to urinate on the ground. A search was carried out and the accused was found in possession of €100 of cannabis. Olaleye was arrested and brought to Balbriggan Garda Station where a blood sample was taken and was positive for an intoxicant. The defendant has one previous conviction for failing to remain at the scene of an accident in 2016.
Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said Olaleye had asked her to apologise for the disorderly conduct offence and realised there was “no excuse” for it.
She said the accused had lost his job so couldn’t afford insurance at the time. However, the solicitor said he is due to start college to study engineering and has worked lined up in the near future. Olaleye has “learned his lesson” and has a “bright future” ahead of him, she said, appealing to the court for leniency.
Judge Deirdre Gearty described the defendant’s behaviour on the night as “appalling”.
However, she noted that the accused had a good education and has employment prospects and said she “didn’t want to hamper that”. The judge imposed a fine of €250 for driving without insurance but said she wouldn’t disqualify him in this instance as it is his first offence.
She imposed a further fine of €200 for driving without a valid driving licence.