Stoned passenger ‘didn’t know name of driver’

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

A 20-year-old man had consumed so much cannabis that he was unable to recall who the driver of a car he was travelling in was when it was being pursued by police, Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
Jake McManus of St Patrick’s Terrace in Lisnaskea was charged with failing to give information about the car in which he was being driven on December 8th last.
The court was told that at 4am on the date in question police were parked at Lisnagole Road in Lisnaskea when they noticed a Renault Megane with its hazard lights on driving past and heard a loud noise coming from it. Officers noted that one of the rear tyres of the car was almost completely bald and bits of tyre were flying around after it.
Police proceeded to pursue the vehicle and activated the blue flashing lights signalling for the vehicle to stop but it began to accelerate at speed while also veering on both sides of the road. The vehicle contined for a distance and was being driven in an erratic manner before it eventually managed to evade police who felt it was too dangerous to pursue any further.
Afterwards when police located the registered owner of the vehicle he told them he had since sold it on to another man. McManus was charged in relation to the incident when he later attended Enniskillen Police Station to answer bail on a seperate matter.
Defence solicitor Brian Charity said his client had been one of the back seat passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
“He hasn’t much recollection of what happened as he was heavily involved in taking cannabis at the time. He had consumed a considerable amount of the drug and didn’t know who was the driver of the car was,” he added.
Deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty imposed a £200 fine.

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