Clane man drove back down N7 sliproad to get to petrol station

'Madness', says judge at Kildare court

Leader reporter


Leader reporter


Clane man drove back down N7 sliproad to get to petrol station

The case was heard in Naas

A young man pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving after he was spotted by Gardai driving the wrong way down a slip road on the N7 near Kill.

Maciej Truskiewicz, 28, with an address listed as 13 The Oaks, Clane, pleaded guilty to the charge, and to having false tax, insurance and NCT discs in his car.

Representing him, Tim Kennelly offered the explanation that his client’s car was low in petrol and that he had spotted a petrol station along the N7 just before he exited it, and was attempting to drive back down to it.

“If he is making it up, it’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard,” Mr Kennelly said.

He remarked that as explanations go, “it’s so outrageous it has to be true”.

The incident occured on a Wednesday at 8.05 am, when traffic would have been very heavy.

The defendant has been in Ireland for the past six years. He has a previous conviction for driving with no tax on his car.

“This is madness,” Judge Desmond Zaidan remarked.

The case was adjourned to next Wednesday when Judge Zaidan has said he may remand the defendant in custody for a week.