A GARDA assisting Cork fire brigade at an emergency directed a motorist at the scene but he reacted by verbally abusing her, spinning his wheels and then driving off at speed through a red light.
The case was heard by Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court but the accused man, Gary O’Reilly 129 Kilbarry Place, Farranree, did not turn up to contest the case.
Judge Kelleher convicted O’Reilly in his absence but said the case was too serious to proceed with sentencing in his absence.
The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the accused to be brought to court for sentencing.
Garda Danielle Love testified that she was on duty on November 26, 2018, at Wolfe Tone Street, Cork.
Garda Love was assisting Cork fire brigade by closing off a footpath on the street.
“A man was looking at me from the driver’s window of a car. I indicated for him to watch where he was going. It came to a stop.
“He replied, ‘Mind your own f***ing business’. I asked for his driving licence. He leaned over to the glove compartment and then said, 'You will be waiting. Go f*** yourself'.”
“The driver then started spinning the wheels and took off at speed through a red light and through junction of Wolfe Tone St and Sunvalley Drive,” Garda Love testified.
The guard got the registration number of the car and later called to the home of the registered owner, Gary O’Reilly, some time later.
Garda Love said O’Reilly reacted to her at the door of his home saying she thought that having a uniform gave her the right to ask for the driving licence.
He had to be asked repeatedly to nominate a station where he would hand in his licence and insurance within ten days.
He eventually did so but never handed in the documentation, Garda Love said.
Judge Kelleher said, “I convict. It is so serious I will issue a warrant for his arrest.”
The defendant was convicted in his absence on charges of engaging in threatening behaviour, careless driving, refusing to give his name and address to the guard and driving without licence or insurance.