BANNED DRIVER CLAIMED HE WAS GOING TO HAVE HIS CAR SCRAPPED

July 20, 2012

A Donegal man who was arrested after a number of near crashes during a 100kph chase told Gardai he was driving to have his car scrapped.

Raymond Hepburn, 40, of Drumbeg, Raphoe, was already banned from driving for 10 years when he met a Garda checkpoint on October 12th, 2011.

He fled the scene and led Gardai on a high-pursuit chase through several villages before abandoning his red Seat car in the middle of a road.

Along the way several cars had to drive into ditches to avoid Hepburn.

Letterkenny District Court was told that a truck even had to take evasive action to prevent being hit by the Hepburn.

He was charged with seven cases of dangerous driving and driving without a license.

The court was told that the accused already had 20 previous convictions for various offences including drink driving and forging a driving license.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was only taking the car to the scrapyard as it was worth just €200.

He accepted it was probably the end of his driving career for the moment.

Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation and community service report on the father-of-two and adjourned the sentence until October 15th.

 

 


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