A young Donegal farmer, who was already disqualified from driving, has been banned from driving for a further two years, as reported in the Donegal Daily.
Young farmer, Craig Anderson, was stopped by Gardaí on June 2nd while driving a tractor on his uncle’s farm at Ballindrait, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Mr. Anderson was driving a red Fiat tractor at the time, with Gardaí receiving reports that he was driving and working behind the wheel whilst disqualified.
Gardaí then sought out the 26-year-old and arrested him upon his admission to driving while disqualified. Mr. Anderson had been banned from driving for two years last July, after being caught drink-driving.
The accused appeared before Letterkenny District Court where Mr Anderson’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, informed the courts that the young farmer was only travelling between fields while working for his father. Mr. Gallagher said the farmer had only driven a few hundred yards and that there were land issues in play.
“The information was passed on to Gardai by a third party. There are land issues here.”, he said.
Judge Paul Kelly noted that the accused held a “blatant disregard” to the fact he was already banned and warned that he will see jail if caught again.
“He should not have been on the road. It was a blatant disregard,” he said.
“If he is caught again, he will be going to jail,” added Judge Kelly
He then handed down a fine of €250 to Mr. Anderson for not having insurance, while also fining him €250 for driving whilst disqualified. Mr. Anderson was also banned from driving for a further two years.