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Careless driving Man fined €300 after pulling wheelies in and out of cars on road on scrambler bike

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A GARAGE worker who pulled wheelies up and down the road on a scrambler bike had taken it for a test ride as he had been thinking of buying it, a court heard.

Glen Byrne (20) was riding in and out of traffic when he was stopped by gardaí.

Judge Alan Mitchell fined Byrne €300 but did not ban him from driving as he needs his licence for work.

The defendant, of Snowdrop Walk, Darndale, admitted driving without insurance and careless driving.

Garda Brendan O'Brien told Blanchardstown District Court he was on patrol in Lucan on September 19 last year when he came across a trail biker doing wheelies.

FLYING

Gda O'Brien said Byrne was "flying" up and down the road, going in and out of traffic.

He stopped when told to do so, and immediately apologised for his behaviour. He was not wearing a helmet, the garda said.

The court heard Byrne had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Sandra Frayne said Byrne had been hoping to buy the bike, but did not.

Ms Frayne said the defendant was employed in a garage and needed his licence for work.

She said his annual car insurance was €5,000.

She also said this behaviour was out of character for Byrne, who knew he should not have done it.

Judge Mitchell told Byrne he was not impressed by the manner of his driving, but would give him a chance and not ban him.

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