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Curfew for 130kph teen 18.11.10

A judge has imposed a night-time driving curfew on a student who drove at speeds of 130kph with his heavily pregnant girlfriend in the car. Patrick Long originally from Priestown, Carn but with an address at 4 Griffith Park, Culmore, Derry, appeared at Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to driving at high speed, in bad weather, on narrow, twisting roads near Malin, Co Donegal, on September 4, last. The court heard that the defendant, a 19 year old management student, was spotted by an unmarked patrol car at 10.30pm. Gardai followed but "struggled to keep up with him" as he persistently drove at speeds of around 130kph in an 80kph zone.
Judge Seamus Hughes described the speed as “horrendous”. The teenager’s girlfriend, who accompanied him to court, told the judge they had since celebrated the birth of their baby.
Judge Hughes imposed a curfew, banning the defendant from driving between 1am and 7am for the next four months. He also ordered him to pay a fine of €150.


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