AN Audi A7 driver told gardaí dealing with an accident to ‘f*** off’ and get out of his way so that he could drive by and today he was fined for threatening behaviour.
Garda Kevin Coholan testified at Cork District Court today that the motorist, 49-year-old John Paul Ahern of 106 Mount Rivers, Carrigaline, County Cork, also blocked an ambulance from getting to the scene of the accident.
John Paul Ahern was due to appear in court today to face a charge of engaging in threatening words or behaviour that could have resulted in a breach of the peace.
The garda evidence was given in his absence.
His solicitor, Eddie Burke, later said the accused had been present in the courthouse but in the wrong court.
Ahern then appeared before Judge Olann Kelleher and confirmed his plea of guilty.
However, John Paul Ahern held up a copy of Garda Coholan’s statement of evidence which had been furnished to the defence and said, “I have read the garda evidence. That is not what happened at all.”
Mr Burke said the accused admitted using one expletive and that was at the end of the conversation with Garda Coholan in the early hours of that morning.
Garda Coholan said, “I was at the scene of a road traffic accident. I spoke to the driver of the 19 1 registered Audi A7. The driver told me to f*** off.
“I made a demand for his licence and it escalated from there. He said, ‘f*** off, you pr***.
"He said garda cars were blocking him. That was not the case.
“An ambulance had passed through earlier and he (the defendant) was blocking an ambulance.”
The defendant said afterwards through solicitor, Eddie Burke, “The tail of one garda car was sticking out and the tail of another garda car was sticking out so he couldn’t get through.”
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “And he lost the head and got aggressive with the guards.”
Mr Burke said, “He said he used one expletive, as against a number of expletives.”
The solicitor said the driver was never in that kind of trouble before.
Judge Kelleher convicted and fined the defendant €250.