Motorcyclist was on cannabis when stopped by Gardai

January 22, 2023

A motorcyclist who tested positive for cannabis when stopped by Gardai in Letterkenny has been fined €200 and disqualified.

Derek Kelly was stopped by Gardai at Castleshanaghan at 1pm on June 13th, 2020.

Gardai told Letterkenny District Court that he noticed Kelly’s mouth was dry and that there was no tax displayed on the motorbike.

He failed an oral fluid test at the scene and was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.

A nurse was called to the station and too a blood sample from Kelly which showed up positive for cannabis.

His solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was cooperative but there had been no complaint about his driving as the test was now effectively a zero tolerance capacity for drugs.

He added that Kelly, of Meenavoy, Ballybofey, was a 55-year-old man who no longer lived in Ireland but was an electrician who lived abroad.

Judge Eiteain Cunningham fined Kelly €200 and disqualified him from driving for one year.