Dangerous driving by honeymooner

Court Reporter


Court Reporter


A man who drove dangerously at 160km/h on the motorway with his wife to their honeymoon, has been convicted and fined €350.

Returning to Portlaoise District Court last week was Alexandru Sirbu (30) with an address at Hansted Dale, Lucan, Dublin.

He had been charged with careless driving, described last September by Judge Catherine Staines as “outrageous.”

Garda evidence was that Mr Sirbu was driving his Audi A5 at excessive speed, and moved from the right to left lane to overtake five vehicles at high speed, causing other vehicles to brake, and doing this twice.

It took a second Garda vehicle stopping in front of him to stop the car, on the M7 at Ballydavis Portlaoise.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said Mr Sirbu had “otherwise an exemplary driving record”, and had been driving from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher on honeymoon.

“A car ahead of him over took took vehicles and he foolishly thought it was ok to drive in the same manner, he totally accepts his driving was poor and has undertaken modules on a driving course. Disqualification would mean the loss of his job,” she said.

Last September Mr Sirbu was ordered by Judge Catherine Staines to do a drivers education course.

Last week Judge Marie Keane was presiding.

“You were driving on the hard shoulder, overtaking on the inside and outside,” she said. Noting the driving course done, she did not disqualify him but convicted and fined him €350.