A man who appeared at a recent sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Road Traffic Act was disqualified from driving for five years and fined €600 following a hearing into the matter.
Atis Zigalovs (45), 36 Gleann Riada, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with failing to report an accident at Springlawn, Longford on December 11, 2016.
He was also further charged with damaging property at Longford Garda Station, failing to provide a breath sample and leaving the scene of an accident on the same date.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Padraig Jones said the matter centred around a road traffic accident that occurred at Springlawn, Longford on the date in question.
Inspector Jones said that the defendant rear ended another vehicle, engaged with the injured party and then left the scene.
"Gardaí later arrested Mr Zigalovs and he was quite abusive and argumentative with members of the force,” the Inspector continued.
“He ripped the custody sheets when he was at the station.
“There was a towbar on the other vehicle, so there was very little damage caused.”
Judge Hughes then asked the Inspector if the defendant knew the person he crashed into.
“Yes, he did,” Inspector Jones said, before pointing out that they were known to each other for three years.
“Mr Zigalovs would say that he knew him to see and wasn’t friendly with him.”
The court was then told that the defendant held a number of previous convictions under the Road Traffic Act.
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Aine Gordon said that her client was living in Longford for the past 14 years and was originally from Latvia.
“He worked for 11 years and this accident happened just after he lost his job,” she continued.
“He did drink alcohol and apologises for his conduct.
“He says the reason he was drinking was because he lost his job.”
During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes said the defendant tried to escape liability by leaving the scene of an accident.
“Then he ripped up the custody record when he was at Longford Garda Station.”
The Judge subsequently disqualified the defendant from driving for five years.
He was also fined €200 for failing to remain at the scene of an accident; €250 for failing to provide a breath sample and €150 for criminal damage. All other matters were taken into consideration.
“Do not be caught driving again,” the Judge warned the defendant.
“You have a very bad record as it stands