A TAXI driver has been convicted of careless driving in a crash with an off-duty garda motorcyclist who smashed head first through his cab window and was left trapped under his bike.
Colin Quiney (43) pulled out without indicating as he dropped off a customer and the motorcycle slammed into his taxi as the garda tried to take evasive action.
Garda Dylan Brady, who is attached to the traffic department at Terenure Station, spent two days in hospital and was off work for six weeks with torn ligaments following the crash.
Judge Bridget Reilly found Quiney guilty and fined him €500.
The father-of-three, with an address at Burnaby Court, Greystones, Co Wicklow, had denied a charge of careless driving in the incident at Wainsfort Road, Terenure.
He had been crossing to the opposite side of the road to leave his passenger to his door.
Garda Brady told the court he had finished work at midnight on April 14-15, 2009, and he came around a bend at Wainsfort Road. He saw the taxi beside the kerb ahead of him and it pulled out across the road without indicating.
The garda, who was on his own personal motorcycle, hit the brakes and took evasive action.
The taxi continued its manoeuvre and he collided with the driver's side door, putting his head through the window and falling on to the driveway of a house.
He was trapped under his bike and the accused removed it and called an ambulance. The garda, who was in shock, was taken to Tallaght Hospital.
Cross-examined, Garda Brady denied that he had been travelling at speed, trying to overtake the taxi and not paying attention to what Quiney was doing. He also denied he had been distracted by his iPod.
Garda witnesses said the wheels of the accused's Mercedes taxi van were locked to the right at the scene and no indicator was on.
The passenger, IT analyst Eugene Hassett, said he did not believe Quiney drove without due care and attention.