Car crash charges heard against man in his absence

A Rathcore man faced charges at last Tuesday’s sitting of Kilcock District Court following an incident in which it was alleged that he crashed into a parked car while drunk.

A Rathcore man faced charges at last Tuesday’s sitting of Kilcock District Court following an incident in which it was alleged that he crashed into a parked car while drunk.

Lance Dempsey whose address is listed as Lynnfield House, Rathcore, Enfield was charged with driving at Ryebridge, Kilcock with no driving licence, tax or insurance on October 2 last and at Leixlip Garda Station on the same day, with failing to provide a sample of his urine.

A witness, Joseph Halloran, told the court that on the day in question he was sitting in his apartment when he heard a bang at about 9.50 that evening.

He looked out and saw that his car had been hit by another car.

He went outdoors and saw that there was nobody in the car which has crashed into his, “but I saw a fella down the road on a mobile phone”.

That man denied being the driver and ran off.

“He asked me not to call the Gardai,” although the witness did.

The man came back and tried to start his car and move it. He managed to do so, and moved it a short distance and again pleaded with the witness not to call the Gardai. However by then the Gardai were already on their way.

The driver said that his friends would deny that this was what happened and claim that it was in fact the witness who crashed into him.

When Garda Gillian Wilkinson arrived she observed a green Peugeot belonging to Lance Dempsey and a grey BMW belonging to Mr. Halloran.

She said that Mr. Dempsey was intoxicated, and that initially he had claimed to be Mark Morrissey.

He admitted driving the vehicle, and she formed the opinion that he was intoxicated. There was extensive damage to both vehicles.

Mr. Dempsey was brought to Leixlip Garda Station where he became aggressive with the Gardai.

“He was talking in riddles and was agitated,” she said.

Judge Patrick Clyne found the defendant guilty and issued a bench warrant for his arrest because he had not turned up in court to answer the charge.