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Banned driver was picking up dad at pub


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A banned driver jumped into his car after his mother rang and asked him to collect his father, who had been drinking all day.

Patrick Stokes (23) was stopped a short distance from his home.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to do 230 hours of community service in lieu of five months in prison and banned him from driving for five years.

The defendant, of Well- mount Road, Finglas, admitted driving without insurance last June 17.

Gda Sinead Tyrrell told Blanchardstown District Court she was operating a checkpoint at around 11pm when she stopped Stokes who was driving a Volks- wagen Passat.


He admitted at the scene that he had no insurance or licence.

The court heard Stokes had two previous convictions for uninsured driving and was serving a one-year ban at the time.

Defence solicitor Patrick McGarry said Stokes was married and had one child.

Stokes had received a call from his mother, asking him to collect his father who had been drinking in a Finglas pub.

The court heard Stokes was worried about his father and made a foolish mistake in driving.