Hit and run driver who is serving jail sentence given extra sentence

A motorist with a record of hit-run driving and who is serving a jail sentence was given another six-month sentence yesterday  for having no insurance on a separate occasion.

30-year-old father of two Peadar Toner of Glenswilly, Letterkenny told the court he was forced to drive because his pregnant girlfriend was suffering morning sickness.

Glenties District Court was told that Toner was serving a six-months sentence – with four weeks remaining – for offences linked to a hit and run drive on New Year’s Day 2010. The offence also carried a six-year ban.

He was also previously banned for four years for drink-driving in a hit and run incident in 2003.

The latest no-insurance charge happened on November 1, 2009, two months before the offence for which he is currently serving a six-month sentence.  Defence solicitor Declan McHugh said the offence at Meenmore, Fintown East, which Toner admitted, happened when he was a passenger in a car driven by his partner.

Mr McHugh said his partner was pregnant, and asked him to take over the driving because she was suffering from morning sickness.

Mr McHugh said Toner, who was in alcohol counselling and attending his AA meetings in prison, plans to marry his girlfriend on his release from jail.

Judge Denis McLoughlin jailed him for six months, to run from last January 1st.