A PORTLAOISE man has been fined and disqualified from driving, after he was caught riding an uninsured and untaxed scooter without a licence or a safety helmet.
Niall Green, 74 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, was also charged with having no front or rear identification on the vehicle, and with carrying a passenger without a helmet, at Lakeglen, Portlaoise, on October 15.
Inspector Kieran Keyes gave evidence that when he was stopped by gardaí, Green was discovered with a cannabis joint on his person, which he admitted was for his own use.
There was also a charge of threatening or abusive behaviour, after the defendant was arrested and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had got the scooter from a friend along with a helmet, but she admitted that he had not been wearing the helmet on the day.
In relation to the cannabis joint, Ms Fitzpatrick said that Green is currently attempting to deal with his drug use.
Ms Fitzpatrick acknowledged that her client had caused a disturbance at the garda station, but she said he is now attending anger management classes.
For no insurance, Green was fined €400 and disqualified from driving for two years.
On the charge of possession of drugs, Judge Staines ordered a probation report and the matter was put back to January 10, 2013.
All other charges were taken in consideration.