Gardai in Kilkenny were forced to adjust the way they seize vehicles after one driver refused to surrender their car keys after they were found to be in breach of the Road Traffic Act.
Calling in reinforcements from a tow truck, gardai soon discovered they would not need the keys to the vehicle in order to move it.
The truck operator used hooks located on the bed of the truck to pull the car up and then secured it.
A garda spokesperson said: “The lads from Unit C Regular Kilkenny came accross this vehicle while on their travels after their mobility device flagged it as being untaxed since last April.
“Further checks revealed that the driver was uninsured and was displaying the documents from a previous owner.
“The NCT had also lapsed leading to seizure under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.
“The driver of the vehicle refused to surrender the keys giving our towing contractor the chance to exhibit skills of loading a vehicle with locked steering.
“This entails appropriately located hooks on the bed of the truck to pull the vehicle up and secure it. It’s basic physics but a useful skill.
“The driver, on a learner permit will be before the courts for her omissions with regard to the Road Traffic Act.”
Gardai elsewhere were also kept busy over the weekend, with gardai in Naas, Co. Kildare arresting several people for offences.
In a statement, they said: “Naas Roads Policing Unit were conducting a checkpoint when they stopped this car.
“It was found that the driver was 4 times over the legal limit.
“They were arrested. Proceedings to follow.”
In a separate incident in Naas, a driver was arrested after they were caught speeding 50kmph over the limit.
They said: “Roads Policing in Naas detected this motorists speeding at 174 km/h on the M4”.
The motorist was an unaccompanied learner driver and failed a roadside test for cannabis.
The vehicle was impounded, and a fixed charge penalty notice was issued.