Drove uninsured against red light with no licence

A Laois man who forced other vehicles off the road by driving the wrong way against traffic was last week given jail time.

A Laois man who forced other vehicles off the road by driving the wrong way against traffic was last week given jail time.

Before Portlaoise District Court was Sean Coss, currently with an address in Portarlington.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that on April 14 last year, gardaí observed the defendant driving on the Borris Road, Portlaoise.

The road was undergoing roadworks at the time and there were controlled traffic lights with only one lane open.

Coss drove against the lane when the traffic light was red, causing other vehicles to swerve off the road.

When stopped by gardaí, Coss was found to have no insurance or driving licence, and he refused to make a statement on his driving.

Coss had a long list of previous convictions, including 23 for no insurance, 16 for no licence, two dangerous driving, eight for driving while disqualified, five for the unauthorised taking of an MPV, and one for failing to stop for the gardaí.

Defence for Coss was Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick, who explained that Coss’ wife had been in the early stages of pregnancy and had experienced difficulties on the day.

For no insurance, Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence and disqualified Coss from driving for 20 years.

Charges of dangerous driving and driving while disqualified were taken into consideration, with driving disqualifications of 20 years on each count imposed. The charge of no driving licence was also taken into consideration. Recognisance was fixed in the event of appeal.