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Drunk man caught riding horse to get cigarettes ordered on driving course

When ordered to stop an irate Danny Connors (48) told Gardai “F**k off, I’m not stopping.”

Danny Connors
Danny Connors
Danny Connors
Danny Connors

Stephen Maguire

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A man who was caught driving his horse and cart to get cigarettes while drunk has been ordered to do a safer driving course.

Danny Connors, 48, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal which heard the accused was three and a half time over the drink-driving limit.

The court heard that Connors was stopped by Gardai at 8.55am on the morning of June 20, 2021.

Gardai said they observed Connors come up the Port Road on what was described as ‘a horse drawn carriage’.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton told the court that Garda Eoin Nicholson had spoken to Connors twenty minutes previously at his address and noted that he was ‘highly intoxicated’.

Gardai followed Connors, who was observed swaying on the road, Sergeant Dalton said.

Connors refused to stop and continued onto Pearse Road. Connors was also shouting abuse at the time.

When ordered to stop an irate Connors told Gardai “F**k off, I’m not stopping.”

Danny Connors
Danny Connors

When eventually stopped, Connors was arrested for an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Road Traffic Act, 2010.

A subsequent test showed that Connors, a 48-year-old with an address at Canal Road, Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny had a reading of 177 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The court heard that Connors has ‘a number’ of previous convictions, including for a similar charge in 2018.

Connors also has previous for resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and a number of road traffic matters.

Solicitor for Connors, Mr Michael Shiel, said his client took the horse and cart, ‘against his better judgement’, to get cigarettes.

“In the cold light of day, he holds his hands up and he apologises for his behaviour,” Mr Shiel said.

“He apologises profusely and assures me that it won’t happen again.”

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham had previously asked that probation and welfare report, to include a recommendation on Connors’ suitability for community service, be prepared.

The report was handed to Connors’ solicitor Mr Shiel to review.

Judge Cunningham said she was recommending that Connors sit the Pro Social Driving Course and ordered him to make a €250 contribution to the course.

She adjourned the case until July 24th for finalisation.

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