A MAN who drove his car at a garda sergeant in a "mirror image" of a previous incident in which an officer was killed has been freed by a judge.
Owen Orr (20), of St Johnston, Co Donegal, was given a three-year jail term suspended for three years at Letterkenny Circuit Court.
He was charged with endangerment after Sgt Eunan Walsh had to jump into a garden to avoid being mown down when Orr, then 17, drove at him in Letterkenny in 2010.
Judge John O'Hagan said at the last hearing: "A similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a garda lost his life. The car didn't miss – it hit him."
Gda Robbie McCallion died when he was hit by a car during an attempted robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.