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“Yes” – driver’s startling response to cyclist who asked if he was drunk

The driver added: “If I was coming down speeding after a few pints you're dead and your bike is squashed”...

A cyclist who asked a driver in Limerick whether he was drunk was startled to receive the reply “yes” from the motorist.

Aidan Hogan posted bike cam footage of the bizarre incident to Twitter, which happened as he was cycling down St Joseph’s Street.

With a driver coming towards him, Mr Hogan was forced to pull into a gap between two parked cars to let the vehicle through.

The driver said to him: “What are you doing on the road there?” to which Mr Hogan replied, “On the road?”

“Yes,” said the motorist. “Yes, you’re on the road.”

“Oh yeah,” replied Mr Hogan. “Where should I be?”

In response, the driver said: “If I was coming down speeding after a few pints you're dead and your bike is squashed.”

The cyclist then asked the driver if he was drunk, and apparently surprised by the immediate affirmative response, asked the same question again, the driver once more replying, “yes.”

Mr Hogan then said to the driver that he would take his registration number, to which the response was, “Yes, do you want the reg?”

“Yeah, I do, yeah,” he replied, the driver telling him to go ahead and take it before driving off.

Posting the video to Twitter, Mr Hogan observed that it was “so nice to meet new people on the street.”

He continued: “Looks like they don’t have time to pull in to the left for a few seconds to leave a bicycle through, but turns out they actually have plenty of time for a little stop-n-chat and to threaten some violence.”

While some Twitter users urged him to report the incident to the Gardai, Mr Hogan said he wasn’t sure the issue would be taken seriously.

Another person commenting on the video suggested it would be easier if the cyclist simply got out of the way, but was told that the cyclist had “every right” to be on the road.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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