A LORRY driver who crashed into a taxi walked away from the scene pretending he was a by-stander and shortly afterwards reported his vehicle stolen, a court heard yesterday.
Paul Dennis (32) of Dolphin Road, Crumlin, Dublin, was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for careless driving at Dolphin’s Barn on April 15 last year. He had denied the charge.
Dublin District Court heard he had 11 previous convictions, mostly for driving offences, and when gardai found him he refused to answer any questions.
The accident happened as Dennis was driving into a garage and the taxi was exiting. The lorry, which had no indicators on, crashed into the side of the three-month old taxi causing £5,500 damage. Dennis was confronted by one of the taxi-driver’s passengers after getting out of the cab of the three-tonne lorry, which belonged to his employer.
He claimed he was just a pedestrian and walked off but was followed to his home by another taxi driver who later identified him to gardai.
Judge McNulty also fined Dennis £100 and disqualified him from driving for three years.
Category: Accident Report