A motorist who parked on double yellow lines lost his temper with a traffic warden and threw the warden’s ticketing machine up onto a roof.
Timothy O’Driscoll, 36, of 11 Lough Mahon Road, pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in threatening behaviour. At Cork District Court, Judge Olann Kelleher jailed him for two months.
The judge said the traffic warden was just doing his job and that the motorist got aggressive with him. He said the public order charge to which O’Driscoll pleaded guilty carried a possible sentence of three months. He imposed a two-month term.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor for O’Driscoll, said, “He does wish to apologise for his behaviour. He did cooperate. He wishes to express his apology to the city official.”
Sergeant John Kelleher said there was a call to the control room at Anglesea Street garda station on August 22, 2018. Garda Patrick Russell went to Phoenix Street at 4pm.
Garda Russell met Cork City traffic warden Stephen Somers, who outlined that he observed the car parked on double yellow lines at Phoenix Street. He said that while taking the details of the vehicle, he was approached by an aggressive man, who claimed to be the owner of the vehicle.
Mr Somers informed Garda Russell that this male was aggressive and intimidating to him and that when he attempted to issue the ticket, the man snatched Mr Somers’s ticket machine from him and threw it onto a nearby roof. Following this report, gardaí assisted Mr Somers in locating his ticket machine, which was still in working order, and it was returned to him.
Following enquiries, it was established that the car belonged to Timothy O’Driscoll.
When questioned, he admitted that the car belonged to him. He also admitted taking the ticket machine from the warden and throwing it away.