It’s not the first time we’ve seen Conor McGregor’s name gaining negative press, and its unlikely to be the last.
According to numerous reports, the 33-year-old was detained in West Dublin last night for dangerous driving.
Driving his Bentley Continental GT, valued at around €170,000, he was travelling along the N4 between Lucan and Palmerstown when he came to garda attention.
He was pulled over by the police and arrested for road traffic offences. It is believed that the luxury vehicle was also seized from him at the time, but has been returned to him in due course.
McGregor was taken to Lucan garda station where he has since been charged and released on bail. Charged with dangerous driving, he will appear at Blanchardstown district court next month.
It’s not the first time he’s appeared at this court, receiving a £400 speeding fine in 2017. In this case, McGregor faces a fine of up to £5,000 or six-months imprisonment – potentially even both.
In a statement to the Irish Independent, a spokesperson for McGregor said: “Mr McGregor was driving to the gym when he was stopped by garda for alleged road traffic violations. He passed the drug and alcohol tests taken at the station.”
McGregor has been spending more time in Dublin recently, as he trains hoping for a comeback to the UFC later this year.
A spokesperson for the garda told the Irish Independent: “Garda arrested a man aged in his 30s in relation to an incident of dangerous driving in the Palmerstown area yester evening Tuesday 22 March 2022.
“The man was taken to Lucan Garda Station where he was later charged. He has been released pending an appearance before Blanchardstown District Court at a later date.”
Back in 2019, McGregor was fined £1,000, but managed to avoid a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to the common assault of an older gentleman at the Marble Arch Pub in April 2019.
It was during that hearing that the court heard about McGregor’s 18 previous convictions. Most of these are for road traffic offences, but the one for assault causing harm, as well as a couple public order offences from a while back, were also named.
Separate to the dangerous driving incident, garda were also ordered to disclose any CCTV footage, mobile phone data and toxicology or forensic results they gathered, to a woman who is taking a personal injury case against McGregor.
McGregor and an associate are being sued by a woman from Dublin for something she alleges happened in December 2018.
The Office of the DPP have taken this no further and decided no charges are to be brought, however. McGregor has also completely denied any wrongdoing and all the allegations are strongly denied.