Driving certificate

Judge gives Conor McGregor 11 weeks to decide plea on dangerous driving charges

A judge has given UFC star Conor McGregor 11 weeks to decide how to plead traffic offenses and dangerous driving in a high-end sports car in Dublin.

The mixed martial artist caught the eye of Garda while driving a high-performance Bentley Continental GT on March 22 in west Dublin.

McGregor (33) was pulled over and arrested.

The fighter, the world’s highest paid athlete last year, was released on bail after gardaí charged him with two counts of dangerous driving in the 2019 registered car at the N4/M50 interchange in Palmerstown and Lucan Road.

Conor McGregor’s driver moves his Rolls Royce from outside Blanchardstown Courthouse, Dublin. Photo: PA

The former lightweight and featherweight champion, who is currently training for his return to the UFC, arrived in a Rolls Royce at Blanchardstown District Court on Thursday.

Garda Denis Lordon of Lucan station further accused him at the courthouse of being uninsured and unlicensed and failing to produce his documents within 10 days of the incident.

McGregor then appeared before Judge David McHugh.

If convicted, dangerous driving is punishable by a maximum fine of €5,000 and six months’ imprisonment.

Court Sergeant Maria Cahill provided the court with a certificate outlining the arrest and charging process for the alleged dangerous driving offences. Garda Lordon told the court that McGregor “did not respond” to the additional charges.

Conor McGregor leaves court in Blanchardstown, Dublin, where he is charged with dangerous driving in relation to an incident in west Dublin in March. Photo: PA

“General Disclosure Order”

Judge McHugh extended bail on the new charges and granted a “general disclosure order” for the evidence to be complied with before the next hearing.

He sent McGregor back to appear again on June 23, when he will have to enter a plea or set a later court date if he disputes the charges.

Dubliner McGregor, who now lives in Ladycastle, Straffan, Co Kildare, did not address the court.

Dressed in a gray blazer, white shirt, striped tie and black trousers, he sat in the dock at the side of the court.

After the judge made his order, defense attorney Michael Staines consulted with him and then said, “That’s fine.” The lawyer also added: ‘I can confirm that I showed the guarda a copy of his insurance and driver’s license.