‘Lunatic driving’ could have ended in death – Judge

first_imgA young Carndonagh man, who was three times over the drink driving limit when he crashed his van after a high-speed Garda chase, has been warned by a judge that he’s facing a prison sentence.Dean Doherty, of Galwilly, Carn, was charged with dangerous driving at Cullineen, Redcastle and Drung, Quigley’s Point, on April 13, last. He was also charged with drink driving, driving without a licence and insurance at Gortnashade, Quigley’s Point on the same date when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court.The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared before the court, which was sitting in Buncrana.Garda Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that Gardaí were conducting a MIT [Mandatory intoxication testing] checkpoint near Redcastle when Garda Tully stopped Mr. Doherty, who was driving a Ford Transit van, at 1.44am.He said Doherty failed a roadside breath test and was asked to pull in off the road, but instead he accelerated and drove off.“He drove along the road then took a sharp left turn to a minor road,” Insp. Joyce outlined.“This was an extremely narrow road and Mr Doherty went straight out at a T junction while continue to drive at high speed – around 120km per hour on a minor, narrow road.”Insp. Joyce said the chase went on between 16 and 20 minutes with Doherty going round a blind corner, without slowing or stopping.“Garda Tully lost sight of the vehicle but as they continued along the road they came across a female standing at the side of the road,” said Insp. Joyce.“She had been a passenger in Mr. Doherty’s van and they discovered that the van had left the road and ended up in a stream under a bridge. The van was upright under the bridge. They then saw Mr. Doherty standing in a field nearby. He was not injured, thankfully no one was injured.”The court heard that upon arrest Doherty admitted he had no licence or insurance and a subsequent breath alcohol test at Buncrana Garda Station revealed a breath alcohol concentration of 62mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Insp. Joyce said Doherty was processed as a specified driver, because he had no licence, which has a drink driving limit of 9mg of alcohol.He also stated that Doherty had been fined €250 in Carn Court in 2017 for having no insurance but had not been disqualified from driving as it was his first offence.Defence solicitor Ray Lannon told the court that his client worked as a plasterer in Dublin and had been saving for insurance after he was quoted €3,400 for cover.He said on the night in question he had been going to the Bailey with friends, and had two passengers on board the van with him.“When he was stopped at the checkpoint he panicked and left the scene,” Mr. Lannon said.“We are fortunate that no one was injured – my client made a bad situation worse and he is lucky he’s not injured. He does now have an insight into the manner of his driving and the situation he found himself in.”Mr. Lannon said Doherty indicated on the first occasion that he wanted to plead guilty and in the meantime he completed the prosocial driving course in Donegal Town and Cavan.“He says the course was an eye-opener and he will never ever drink and drive again,” said Mr. Lannon.“He is working hard and earns €500 a week in Dublin and gets a lift up and down toDublin with a contractor from Carn. He’s asking for a chance.”However Judge Paul Kelly rejected his saying Mr. Doherty ‘had a chance’ when he was not banned from driving in 2017 when he was convicted for having no insurance.He said cases like this explain why people receive insurance quotes like €3,400.“It’s no wonder why people receive people receive quotes like that,” said Judge Kelly.“This case is exactly why people receive those quotes. This type of lunatic driving could cause death or serious injury – we have saw it before. Then it results in insurance claims against someone who has no insurance so the people that do pay insurance then have to pick up the bill.”He said this was a case ‘undoubtedly a case where a custodial sentence was warranted’, however he said he would adjourn sentencing until he received a community service and probation service report.“Mr. Doherty got a chance in this court in 2017 so that exacerbates his situation, however, I note that he has pleaded guilty at an early stage and that he has since completed the prosocial driving course so I will take that into account when sentencing,” added Judge Kelly, before adjourning the case until October 15.‘Lunatic driving’ could have ended in death – Judge was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghchasecourtdonegalJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

South Africa’s Chad le Clos is world’s best

first_img5 December 2014Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos was crowned the world’s best for 2014 by the International Swimming Federation (Fina).The South African swimmer was named Sportsman of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in Johannesburg on Monday night.Topping off a shimmering week, Le Clos also set a new world record of 48.44sec in the 100m butterfly at the FINA World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Thursday.Le Clos cut 0.04sec off Evgeny Korotyshkin’s record from November 2009.“Timing is important to get the world record,” Le Clos told Reuters. “You have to race to win.“There was lots of pressure from the media and others on my shoulders and I wanted to show … the world that I am the best swimmer in the world.”The gold for butterfly came after the 22-year-old swimmer won the 200m men’s freestyle on Wednesday, declaring it as one of the best swim medals he has ever won.“It’s a race I have wanted to win for a long time – on a world stage of course,” the swimmer told reporters. “At the World Cups I have never swum a 200 freestyle so it is my first one – I am really happy.“It’s short course, I want to be the best long course. I know my turns are really good so to chase these guys long course is going to be a different ball game but I’ll take it away and work on it when I get back home.”Earlier this year, Le Clos became the first man to be crowned Fina’s Swimming World Cup series winner for the third time, collecting 27 gold medals along the way.Le Clos also became the first ever swimmer to go unbeaten throughout a World Cup series.Other South African results from Doha:Fourth place at 6:52.13 for the South African 4x200m freestyle relay team of Le Clos, Myles Brown, Sebastien Rousseau and Leith Shankland.Cameron van der Burgh came fourth in the 100m breaststroke final, with 56.80. It is the world record holder’s third race since returning from a shoulder injury.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tarundeep wins a historic silver, India slip to 10th position

first_imgTarundeep Rai clinched a historic silver medal in archery while star boxer Vijender Singh and three of his colleagues stormed into the men’s boxing finals as India slipped to the tenth position on the 12th day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games here today.Tarundeep had his moment of glory as he became the first Indian archer to win a medal in the men’s individual event on a day which saw as many as six bronze medals coming India’s way. But the failure to win a gold resulted in India going down by two rungs to tenth position on the medals table.The women’s men and women’s squash teams, woman boxers Mary Kom, Kavita Goyat and pugilists Suranjoy Singh and Paramjeet Samota accounted for the bronze medals.With the addition of seven more medals, India’s medal haul went up to seven gold, 13 silver and 26 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medal rostrum in the last edition of the Games in Doha.China maintained their supremacy atop the medals table with a stunning haul of 172-92-86 while South Korea (71-59-81) and Japan (36-66-74) were in the second and third position respectively.After the heart-breaking defeat of the men’s hockey team yesterday, the women’s hockey team added to the gloom by finishing a disappointing fourth in the bronze medal play-off match, going down to Japan 0-1 via golden goal.India, who claimed the bronze four years ago in Doha, were buried by Keiko Manabe’s 78th minute golden goal after both the sides failed to break the deadlock in regulation time.advertisementIt was a mixed day for Indian boxers with four of them managing to storm into the finals and two of them losing their semi-final bouts. But Mary Kom’s defeat in women’s semi-final came as a huge disappointment for the Indian contingent.Vijender outpunched Iran’s Mohammad Sattapour to cruise into the finals and keep himself on course for a gold medal in the 75 kg category. Manpreet Singh also moved into the finals in 91 kg.The 18-year-old Vikas outwitted Uzbekistan’s Hurshid Tojibaev 7-0 to make the finals where he would be facing China’s Qing Hu. Dinesh also had little trouble in dispatching Nepal’s Deepak Maharjan 7-1 and set up a final clash against Uzbekistan’s Elshod Rasulov.However, Commonwealth Games gold medallists Suranjoy Singh (51kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing in the semifinals in contrasting fashion.While Suranjoy lost 5-6 to China’s Chang Yong in a thriller-of-a-contest, Samota was all at sea against Zhilei Zhang before the referee stopped the contest midway through the third round and awarded the bout to the home favourite.Indian woman boxer Kavita Goyat (75kg) lost to China’s Jinzi Li in the semfinals and settled for a bronze medal.Kavita went down 1-5 to Li at the Foshan Gymnasium.Tarundeep turned out to be the hero in archery with his silver medal feat. In a closely fought contest, the Indian archer lost to the Woojin Kim of South Korea 28-28 27-28 29-28 27-28 27-29.Rai gave a vital lead to his opponent in the last set as he shot an eight pointer in his first attempt. And even though the Indian made amends in the next two attempts by scoring nine points each but those did not prove enough to halt the Korean.The other Indian in the fray, Rahul Banerjee ended his campaign on a disappointing note as he could not even make it to the quarterfinals after he surrendered without posing much challenge to Taipei’s Chun Chia Sung.In squash, the women’s team settled for a bronze medal in the Asian Games after slumping to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of favourites Malaysia in the semifinals here today.The Indians were no match for the higher-ranked Malysians as Anaka Alankamony was drubbed 0-3 by Wee Wern Low in the first tie before world number one Nicol Ann David defeated Joshna by an identical margin.The men’s squash team also had to be content with the bronze after going down to arch rivals Pakistan 0-2 in the semi-final.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Vikas Gowda bit the dust after a below-par performance saw him finish fourth in discus throw as Indian athletes drew blank on the fourth day of the track and field competitions.Gowda was competing against three athletes who had better results this season and finished behind all of them with an effort of 63.13m, which is below his CWG silver-winning effort of 63.69m.advertisementThe Indians also disappointed in the men’s long jump finals, with Maha Singh and Ankit Sharma finishing seventh and ninth out of 11 competitors.Indian skeet shooters signed off their Asian Games campaign without a medal after finishing seventh in the men’s team event and failing to qualify for the individual competition.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more