Believed to be from the Blackpool area of Cork City he was seen hanging out the window of a dark Toyota Starlet with one hand on the wheel as the vehicle appeared to be careering down a near 30 degree incline on the outskirts of the city.
His passenger, understood to be from the Glanmire area, was also hanging out of the window and making gestures with his hand.
The pictures appeared first on the Garda Checkpoints Cork Facebook site (which is not operated by the gardaí), and were posted on Sunday evening.
Gardaí initially thought the “photographs” were taken in Glanmire, but it’s understood the focus of the investigation has now switched to the area around the Old Mallow Road. They’re also trying to work out if the car was in motion at the time and if so what speed it was doing.
The pictures suggest that the hoodie-type trainer jackets the duo were wearing were inflated by gusts of wind. So either there was a serious winds at the time, or the car was travelling at speed. The pictures were taken by a third party, believed to have been in another vehicle.
The names of the alleged driver and passenger in the car were circulated on social media. A person who claimed to be a sister of one of them was so angered by the stunt she urged people to report him to the gardaí
One other social media comment stated: “Hope it’s as much fun when they are feeding through straws for the rest of their lives.”
AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said it was “absolutely ridiculous, childish and dangerous. Everybody can see these guys are idiots. They have to be stopped before they kill themselves or somebody else,” Mr Faughnan said.
He emphasised that even if the car was moving slowly and hit a pothole it could have thrown the driver from the vehicle, resulting in it free-wheeling downhill with potentially disastrous consequences for the passenger and other road users.
Garda sources said they’re trying to find out if a video exists of the incident.
They believe the incident probably took place last Sunday afternoon, because the clip shows the weather was fine at the time, but haven’t ruled it was taken the previous day.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station at (021) 4558510.