AN expectant father who was stopped driving without insurance had rushed to the hospital to be with his pregnant partner after she went into labour prematurely, a court heard.
Noel Cooke (31) said his son was born at only 26 weeks and was a breech baby. He said he could have lost both him and his partner.
A court heard that heroin addict Cooke missed the birth of his eldest child as he was in prison. He told the court he was determined not to miss this child's birth.
The defendant was driving home from The Coombe Hospital when gardai stopped him.
A judge accepted Cooke's explanation for getting behind the wheel, and said he wouldn't send him to jail.
Judge James McDonnell fined him €500 and banned him from driving for four years.
Cooke, of MacUilliam Avenue in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance. The court heard that Cooke had 47 convictions, including three for driving without insurance.