Motorcyclist drove to memorial at 200km/h

A motorcyclist weaving in and out of Sunday morning traffic at 200km/h was on his way to the Month’s Mind gathering for a friend killed in a motorbike crash.

Yesterday, Malone was banned from driving for four years, given a four-month suspended jail sentence and fines of €2,350 for dangerous driving and no insurance.

The university graduate was on his way to a gathering for his deceased friend, according to his solicitor Frank Buttimer.

Inspector John Deasy said Malone, aged 24, was seen by gardaí on patrol on the Ballincollig bypass shortly after 11am on Aug 14, 2011. “He was overtaking cars at high speeds passing oncoming cars, narrowly avoiding a collision,” said Insp Deasy.

Garda Michael Bohane activated the blue light and siren, indicating for Malone to stop.

“He turned around and saw us and continued his dangerous behaviour weaving in and out of traffic. We were travelling at 200km/h and he was pulling away from us.”

The gardaí decided to stop as they felt it was too dangerous to continue.

Mr Buttimer said he was en route to the Month’s Mind event when he panicked about having no insurance when he was seen by gardaí. He had been saving for insurance and had since got a job. He admitted the offences.

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