The infamous UFC superstar Conor McGregor got into a legally problematic situation last night. The Irish sportstar was arrested for reckless driving back in his home country of Ireland.
In Ireland, reckless driving constitutes it is an offence to drive dangerously in a public place. If you are convicted of dangerous driving, you could be fined up to €5000, or be sent to prison for up to 6 months, or both.
Irish law defines Dangerous driving as:
A person shall not drive a vehicle in a public place at a speed or in a manner which, having regard to all the circumstances of the case (including the nature, condition and use of the place and the amount of traffic which then actually is or might reasonably be expected then to be therein) is dangerous to the public.
A person who contravenes subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and—
(a) in case the contravention causes death or serious bodily harm to another person, he shall be liable on conviction on indictment to penal servitude for any term not exceeding five years or, at the discretion of the court, to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds or to both such penal servitude and such fine, and
(b) in any other case, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for any term
According to a report from the Irish Independent, on Tuesday night Conor McGregor was driving his $185,000 Bentley Continental GT on a street in Dublin, Ireland. The 33-year-old Irish athlete was arrested for alleged road traffic violations by the Garda, Ireland’s police force.
Following the arrest, McGregor retweeted a fan video showing his car being chased down and pulled over by the police. In the video it’s apparent that several other cars drive faster than McGregor (in his Bentley) including the video author.
McGregor’s PR person released that he was on the way to training and that he was tested for substance abuse and was found to be clean.
“Mr. McGregor was driving to the gym when he was stopped by the Garda (Irish police) for alleged road traffic violations.” Karen Kessler told ESPN