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Donegal man caught drink driving a horse and trap is jailed

Danny Connors (44) was sentenced at Letterkenny District Court to two months in prison

A Donegal man caught drink driving a horse and trap at 2.45am in the morning has been sent to prison.

Danny Connors was observed "highly intoxicated" between two lanes of the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny in November 2016.

The 44-year-old, of Canal Road in the town, attempted to speed off after being pursued by gardaí.

He dismounted at Canal Road but held up an iron bar and waved two glass bottles at approaching officers.

Connors, who has 31 previous convictions, was pepper-sprayed and arrested.

Defence solicitor Michael Shiel told Letterkenny District Court he had got the horse a day or two earlier.

“I asked him why he took the horse and trap out at half-past two in the morning. He hadn’t had a chance to take it out and he was dying to get out on the horse," he said.

“He realises that it was an act of lunacy. It was a crazy act to do. He had drink taken and his judgement wasn’t the best.”

Asked why he had taken off when gardaí attempted to stop him, Connors claimed he couldn’t control the horse and he tried to steer back home.

He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to drive an animal-propelled vehicle while drunk and resisting arrest.

“This incident is particularly graphic,” said Judge Paul Kelly. “He took an unfortunate animal out in that condition onto an extremely busy road at that hour of the morning.

“He then tried to get away from gardaí and picked up a bar and bottles. His luck has run out.”

Judge Kelly sentenced Connors to two months in prison and issued a fine of €250.

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