Customs officer carried on car bonnet after car fails to stop

A Donegal woman who drove through a checkpoint with a customs officer on the bonnet of her car has been fined 350 euro for careless driving.

33-year-old Caroline Duggan, from Manorcunningham, had one of her three children in the car when she failed to stop at a checkpoint in October 2011.

She overtook a school bus and several cars on a continuous white line to avoid the initial customs control.

An officer tried to stop her, but she drove at speed at the checkpoint.

One of the officers was then pushed onto the bonnet.

Mrs Duggan shouted at him to get off her car and drove on for about 20 metres.

When she finally stopped, she refused to get out.

The customs officer was not injured.

On Thursday, Duggan was ordered at Letterkenny District Court to pay a 350 euro fine for careless driving.

The court heard that she had been stopped just two days before the incident at another customs checkpoint and had given her name as Caroline Martin, with a different address.

Duggan has since sold her car to raise the 1,000 euro penalty.