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Thursday 18 September 2014

Australian man rammed garda car four times during motorway chase

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 16/05/2014 | 14:41

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A young Australian man who tried to ram a garda car four times during a high speed chase in a stolen truck has had his sentence adjourned.

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Adam O’Mara was 17-years-old when he led gardaí on the 40 minute motorway chase, weaving between heavy traffic and overtaking on the wrong side of the road.

O’Mara (20) now living at Lower Stabannon, County Louth, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful use of a white Toyota Dyna, dangerous driving and driving with no insurance on N1 Motorway Drogheda on February 8, 2012.

He has four previous minor convictions.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring described O’Mara’s behaviour as “outrageous” and warned him that a vehicle “is not a toy”.

“A vehicle is a weapon and people who drive it like you do deserve to go to jail”, she said.

She put the matter back for sentencing in July pending a Probation and Welfare Service report on O’Mara.

Garda James Mulhern told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that the truck’s owner had reported it missing the day before it was spotted in convoy with another Toyota Dyna near Dublin Airport.

Both vehicles began dangerously overtaking traffic when the garda cars activated their blue lights.

The trucks split up at a roundabout and Garda Mulhern followed O’Mara. He said O’Mara tried to ram his car and continued overtaking and undertaking traffic.

The then teenager swerved to ram the garda car again as he took the Swords exit onto the motorway. He threw cans and bottles, causing Gda Mulhern’s car to reduce speed.

O’Mara drove through the closed toll bridge by undertaking cars and ploughing into traffic cones. At this stage the Toyota Dyna had started to emit black smoke. The vehicle eventually stopped as the smoke got worse.

Gda Mulhern agreed with James Dwyer BL, defending, that his client had returned to Ireland from Australia to meet the case.

O’Mara’s mother told the court that the offending behaviour occurred at a time when she was in financial trouble and her son was associating with negative peers.

Mr Dwyer submitted to Judge Ring that his client’s maturity was “as yet an incomplete process”.

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