A YOUNG father of one hurled abuse at gardai after they stopped him as he ran with a group of men against the flow of traffic on a motorway, causing cars to take evasive action.
Michael Wall (20) was arrested for his behaviour in the incident in west Dublin.
Judge David McHugh struck the charge out, leaving him without a criminal record after he donated €50 to charity at Blanchardstown District Court.
Wall, with an address at Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, on February 3.
The court heard gardai saw the accused among a number of men acting suspiciously on a footbridge over the M4.
When they approached, the group ran on to the motorway and against inbound traffic. Drivers were forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting them.
When he was caught, Wall became aggressive and resisted arrest. He was taken to Lucan garda station where he was charged.
He had no previous convictions.
On the evening in question, Wall had been at a licensed premises, and when he came out there was "a lot going on and he got caught up in the situation", his solicitor Fiona Brennan said. He made an "unfortunate decision".
Judge McHugh agreed to strike the charge out after the defendant made the donation to the Blanchardstown Hospice.