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Patrick McDonagh (25) admitted he did not have the money to pay for the release fee and just drove off with the clamp still attached to his van.

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A DELIVERY man was caught driving with a clamp on his van when passing gardaí saw sparks flying out from underneath it.

Patrick McDonagh (25) admitted he did not have the money to pay for the release fee and just drove off with the clamp still attached to his van.

He was fined €250 when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

McDonagh, with an address at The Glen, Stuartstown Road, Coalisland, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the clamp.

Garda Sergeant Maire McDevitt said in evidence that the incident happened last March 8.

Gardaí were on patrol at Capel Street when they saw a van towing a trailer, with sparks coming from underneath the vehicle, Sgt McDevitt said.

The gardaí saw there was a wheel clamp attached and stopped the van.

They spoke with the driver, McDonagh, who admitted he had “just driven off” with the clamp because he did not have the money to pay the release fee.

He had one previous conviction for careless driving.

Defence barrister Donal Pattison said the accused worked as a delivery man.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as possible in the circumstances.

Fining the accused, Judge Bryan Smyth gave McDonagh five months to pay and said this could be in a lump sum or instalments.

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