Gardai unable to ‘lock onto’ racing vehicles

December 22, 2018

A Carndonagh man who was detected racing with another vehicle near Redcastle has been fined for the offence.

Nathan Doherty (23) of Corvish, but currently residing in Australia, instructed his solicitor, Mr Frank Dorian to enter a plea to the charge of driving without reasonable consideration before a recent sitting of Carndonagh District Court.

Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that on January 7, 2017 at 12.40am gardaí were operating a speed check at Cullineen, Redcastle when Garda Colm Mooney observed two cars that appeared to be racing each other.

As the garda was unable to lock onto one of the vehicles and detect their speed, he decided to pursue one of the vehicles, a Volkswagen Bora.

Garda Mooney subsequently stopped the vehicle near The Bailey Nightclub where the driver, Doherty, admitted to racing the other vehicle, the inspector said.

Inspector Joyce added that Doherty had no previous convictions.
Mr Dorrian said his client was now gainfully employed in Australia and anxious to have the matter dealt with.

Judge Kelly convicted and fined the defendant €200 for the offence.

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