Thursday 29 September 2016

Banned driver rammed garda car four times in attempt to force the vehicle out of his way

Sonya McLean

Published 13/10/2015 | 02:30

The driver rammed a garda patrol car four times
The driver rammed a garda patrol car four times

A disqualified driver who rammed a patrol car four times in an attempt to force the vehicle out of his way so he could escape pursuing gardaí has been sentenced to three years with the final 20 months suspended.

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Michael Walsh (32) of Cherry Orchard Crescent, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment, dangerous driving and having no insurance on December 18, 2014.

His 19 previous convictions are mainly for road traffic offences and include a 10-year disqualification order handed down in August 2012.

Sergeant Richard Williams told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that Garda Ciaran Garry had been in pursuit of Walsh after he spotted him driving erratically in the Ballyfermot area at 6am.

Walsh refused to stop when indicated to do so and continued to drive dangerously as gardaí followed him to his home.

Walsh drove down a cul-de-sac, performed a handbrake turn and drove directly at the patrol car that was blocking him in, crashing into the vehicle head on.

He then reversed and rammed the car three more times in an effort to push it out of the way.

Gda Garry got out of his car, smashed the driver's window, took the keys out of the ignition and wrestled Walsh out of the car.

He then pinned him to the ground, handcuffed him and brought him to the local station.

Sentencing Walsh yesterday, Judge Martin Nolan said his behaviour on the night was very serious. He said an aggravating factor was that Walsh was driving while disqualified.

Irish Independent

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