Dad of three sorry after being caught speeding at 163kph with kids in car

April 12, 2019

A father of three who was caught speeding at 163kph with his three children in the back has been warned his driving could have had tragic consequences.

Paul Conaghan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving.

Conaghan, of Rough Park, Letterkenny, had been stopped by Gardai who detected him driving at 163kph in a 100kph zone on the N13 at Dromore outside Letterkenny on February 25th last.

Garda Michael Kilcoyne said he detected the car speeding around 5pm and then followed it after activating the flashing lights on his Garda car.

He eventually caught up with the driver and found he had three children on board.

He told Gardai that his speeding was irresponsible saying he was simply in a hurry.

Solicitor for the accused, Frank Dorian, said his client had no previous convictions and did not even have a penalty point.

Judge Paul Kelly said Conaghan’s speeding could have had disastrous consequences and the accused said he had now learned a lesson.

Judge Kelly reduced the charge form dangerous driving to careless driving and fined Conaghan, aged 37, €250.