AN IRISH motorist who was stopped at a gardai checkpoint said he was "on a spin to clear his head" despite being nearly 100km from home.
Officers monitoring a junction in Glencree, Co. Wicklow turned the man away and sent him all the way back to Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny - 93kms away - after deeming his journey 'not essential travel'.
A garda spokesman wrote in a Facebook post: "Another day done. Lovely empty junction at Military Road, Glencree.
"Empty because Garda on Covid checkpoint had just sent a chap 'on a spin to clear his head' back home.
"Home was in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny!!
"Must have a very big head if it needs that much clearing."
Current lockdown restrictions state that members of the public should not travel further than 2km from their home unless their journey is essential.
Essential journeys include travelling to work if you're unable to work from home, getting essential shopping such as food or medicine, exercising or travelling to provide care or support for someone in need.