Driving lesson

Learner driver caught driving unaccompanied twice on same day in same car

A learner driver received a lesson on how to get behind the wheel without a trained driver.

Ademolu Ogunnaike has been banned from driving for six months and fined €750 after he was caught driving unaccompanied – twice on the same day.

The 26-year-old appeared in Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.

He was accused of holding a learner’s license which required him to be accompanied and under the supervision of a qualified person.

Ogunnaike was initially arrested by gardaí on Pearse Road in Letterkenny on September 13, 2020.

When gardaí realized he was a learner driver, they seized Ogunnaike’s car and drove it to Letterkenny Garda station.

However, shortly after freeing his car he was again arrested by gardaí at Cullion Road in Letterkenny.

Judge Deirdre Gearty asked, “How did he get the car back?”

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Garda Sergeant Sean McDaid told the court he drove to Garda station, collected his car, but then drove on unaccompanied as a learner driver.

The court heard that Ogunnaike, of Northland Road in Derry, had previous convictions for speeding, drug possession and driving without insurance.

Judge Gearty fined Ogunnaike €250 for the first offence.

However, she doubled that fine for the second offense and banned Ogunnaike from driving for six months.