A farmer’s son has appeared in Letterkenny District Court in recent days, charged with dangerous driving, as reported in the DonegalDaily.com.
The courts heard that the farmer had hitched a lift from his son on the back on a vintage Massey Ferguson tractor, following a night spent in the pub. Whilst Gardaí were pursuing the vehicle, the courts heard that the farmer's trousers had fallen down exposing his backside.
The incident occurred back on November 7th 2016 and Gardaí began pursuing the tractor upon noticing the elderly farmer holding onto the back. Gardaí discovered the dangerous act whilst on patrol near the Kilross Junction at approximately 11:15pm on the night in question.
Charlie McFadden from Letterkenny, aged in his 40s, was the man driving the tractor with his father standing on the rear of the tractor. The courts heard that the tractor was been driven at speeds of up to 60km/hr on the hard shoulder. Inspector Doyle stated to the courts that McFadden Senior was hanging onto the back of the vehicle in what he described as “extremely dangerous”
“He could have fallen off at any stage. It was extremely dangerous.”, he said.
Upon noticing the elderly farmer, Gardai then activated their siren which caused Charlie McFadden to bring the tractor to a sudden stop, causing his father’s trousers to fall and exposing his backside in the process. Upon interview, Gardaí noted that Mr, McFadden Senior was intoxicated at the time.
Mr Ciarán Haran, solicitor for the accused, disputed claims that the tractor was been driven at 60km/hr, noting that he had checked with his local company Donegal Farm Machinery to see if this was even possible, which it wasn't. He said his client was giving his father a lift home from the pub at the time, after receiving a call asking him to do so. He apologised to the courts on his client's behalf and said his Charlie McFadden had simply not heard the Garda siren.
Judge Kelly reduced the charge from dangerous driving to careless driving and handed down a fine of €200 to Mr. McFadden.