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Drunk teen's hand gesture caused crash

A TEENAGER who was having an argument with a female friend drunkenly wandered out onto a busy road and made a hand gesture at one of the drivers, a court heard.

Anthony Grant (18) caused two cars to swerve and stop suddenly after he jumped out into the middle of the road.

A judge said he'd leave Grant without a conviction if he made a charity donation.

Grant, with an address at Moyclare Park, Baldoyle, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour. The incident took place on Strand Road, Portmarnock on October 9, 2009.

Garda Neill Plunkett said he was in an unmarked patrol car when he saw Grant having an argument with a female.

Garda Plunkett said Grant suddenly jumped out into the road and two cars had to stop suddenly. He made a hand gesture at the driver, and continued verbally abusing his female companion.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Grant's behaviour was totally out of character, and he sincerely apologised to the court. Judge Patrick Brady ordered Grant to donate €500 to St Vincent De Paul and said he'd apply the probation act.