Speeding rev told police: "I don't give a f***" when stopped

Updated: 
Speeding car 2
Getty Images

A 68-year-old Church of Ireland reverend stopped for speeding by the Irish garda told police that they could chase him if they wanted.

The foul-mouthed reverend, Bob Hanna, was caught driving at 135kph (84mph) in a 100kph (62mph) zone, while racing to a Communion. He proceeded to tell the female garda who pulled him over, "I don't give a f**k. I'm late", reported Independent.ie.

Speaking at court, the officer said that she had pulled over the Canon's car on a dual carriageway in Bunratty West, to the west of Limerick. Garda Elizabeth McDonagh continued to say that the reverend fired abusive language at her, demanding to know why she had stopped him.

When McDonagh informed Canon Hanna that he had been speeding he swore at her, before grabbing his driving licence from her and revving the car engine. He subsequently added: "I'm leaving. Chase me if you want."

Speaking in court, Judge Patrick Duncan described the holy man's conduct as "despicable", and passed down a 500 euro fine and disqualified him from driving for six months. The judge stated: "Now that I know the defendant is a Minister of Religion, I am even more appalled."

Canon Hanna failed to appear at court on Friday and did not provide any legal representation. He did, however, apologise to the officer who stopped him on April 17 in a statement, adding that he "deeply regretted using abusive language".

The minister had previously been in the news over claims that he had written a character reference in defence of a paedophile and a further reference for a woman charged with stealing 27,000 euros from a nursing home, reports the Independent.