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Dangerous driver put off road for 15 years

A YOUNG motorist who "blazed a trail" of uninsured driving has been given a five-month suspended sentence and ordered off the road for 15 years.

Declan McCann (22) admitted five counts of driving without insurance, as well as dangerous driving and selling cocaine to an undercover garda.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin imposed fines totalling €1,675 and suspended McCann's jail sentence for two years.

The accused, of Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to a range of motoring offences, as well as one count of possession of drugs for sale or supply, on dates between 2007 and 2010.

The court heard he was caught selling €100 worth of cocaine to a plainclothes garda at the Castle pub, Summerhill on May 7, 2009.

In a dangerous driving incident on August 4, 2008, he was seen by gardai weaving a motor scooter through traffic with his hands off the handlebars.

On August 29, 2009, he was caught driving the same scooter without insurance at James Larkin Road.

He was also caught driving a car without insurance at Canon Lillis Avenue on July 19, 2007, and at other city locations on January 16, 2008 and August 13 and 23, 2010.

McCann has 21 previous convictions.

McCann had worked as an apprentice electrician after sitting his Leaving Certificate, but had dabbled in cocaine, his solicitor Jenny McKeever said.

McCann had owed €200 at the time of the drugs offence, she said.

McCann is currently serving another sentence with a release date in 2013.

"He just doesn't care about anyone out there -- he got behind the wheel and he drove off," Judge Ni Chonduin said. "He couldn't care less. He blazed a trail for himself."