A BUS driver has gone on trial accused of repeatedly kicking a garda in the testicles and knocking him unconscious during a traffic stop.
Patrick Fitzpatrick (53) was allegedly extremely agitated and “like a man possessed” when Sergeant Neil Crowley pulled him over because he was blocking traffic.
The court heard that Mr Fitzpatrick alleges that he was the one assaulted by Sgt Crowley and that he was trying to hand over his driver’s license when the garda fell out of the bus.
The bus driver later made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman but this was not upheld and Mr Fitzpatrick was charged with making a false complaint. However this charge was also later dropped, the jury were told.
The jury heard that Sgt Crowley was on three months sick leave afterwards and had bleeding in his groin.
Mr Fitzpatrick of Drumree, Dunshaughlin in Meath, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a peace officer at Blackhall Place, Dublin 8 on July 7, 2007.
Sgt Crowley told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he was then with the Traffic Division and was driving on the quays in an unmarked car when he saw Mr Fitzpatrick’s coach blocking two lanes of traffic.
The sergeant told prosecuting counsel Cormac Quinn BL that when the bus turned onto James Joyce Bridge it came to a stop. He said he pulled up alongside it and signalled for it to drive on and the accused responded by banging the steering wheel and shouting out the window at him.
Sgt Crowley said he put on his blue lights, got out of his car and went to the accused’s window. He said he asked for a driver’s license but that Mr Fitzpatrick refused and told him to “fuck off.”
The witness said he told the driver to pull over across the bridge and after refusing at first, Mr Fitzpatrick took off at speed and pulled over at Blackhall place. The garda went to the bus and demanded the license but was allegedly told to “fuck off” again.
Sgt Crowley said the accused was “like a man possessed”. He said the driver then fell back on the steps of the bus and said he had been assaulted
These incidents were among the official reports of the Lake Zurich Police Department. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that decision.
TRAFFIC ARREST (NO VALID)
On Oct. 20, at 3:39 p.m., Ingrid A. Kirschbaum, 50, who resides at 930 Debden Drive in Island Lake, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license in the 500 block of South Rand Road in Lake Zurich.. Kirschbaum was charged with Expired Registration and Driving with a Cancelled Driver’s License. Kirschbaum was issued a Mundelein court date of Dec. 7 and released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.
TRAFFIC ARREST (DWLS)
Justin Zepeda, 20, who resides at 1104 Jackson Avenue in Wauconda, was arrested for driving while driver’s license is suspended at 200 Mohawk Trail in Lake Zurich, at 1:15 p.m., Oct. 20. Zepeda was charged with Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Driving While Driver’s License is Suspended. Zepeda was issued a Mundelein court date of Dec. 7 and released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.
At 8:12 p.m., Oct. 20, Doreen M. Wagner, 48, who resides at 420 Larkdale Row in Wauconda, was arrested for driving while driver’s license is suspended on June Terrace at Route 22 in Lake Zurich. Wagner was charged with Depositing Material on Roadway, Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Driving While Driver’s License is Suspended. Wagner was issued a Mundelein court date of
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the number of drivers licenses suspended in Indiana due to lack of auto insurance is way up this year.
BMV Spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the state saw 172,235 license suspensions from January 1 to October 15 of last year. He says the numbers for the same period this yea are up 22 percent to 220,905.
Rosebrough believes the figure is due to tougher enforcement. He says notices go out following traffic accidents or violations that require drivers to provide proof of insurance. Rosebrough says their message is clear; driving without auto insurance is against Indiana law.
Meantime, the Hoosier Motor Club‘s Senior Vice President Steve Vernick says the struggling economy may be playing a big role. Vernick says he has seen an alarming increase in the number of accidents in which drivers have