Man jailed for 190kmh car chase he can't remember
Published 26/02/2010 | 05:00
A MAN travelling at speeds of up to 190kmh drove at two garda patrol cars during a "nightmare escapade of chase me as you can" over two counties, a court heard yesterday.
Ronan Deenihan (24), of Kilmaniheen East, Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry, had "no recollection" of the events which took place over 55 minutes and 50 miles in Castleisland, Knocknagoshel and Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick, and back into Co Kerry in the early hours of March 16, 2008, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court in Co Kerry heard.
The former farm worker, who is now unemployed, pleaded guilty to 13 charges including two criminal damage counts and two counts of reckless endangerment involving the ramming of two garda patrol cars at speed.
Two Tralee gardai, Sgt Brendan Long and Garda Martin Tierney were injured in the incident.
Deenihan also admitted assaulting Garda Tierney and causing him harm.
He also admitted six counts of dangerous driving and failing to give a sample.
Deenihan came to the attention of gardai after a member of the public phoned the Tralee garda station at 4am.
Motorists were forced to get out of his way on public roads in north Kerry and west Limerick during the 55-minute rampage.
The garda cars rammed by Deenihan sustained damage of around €16,000.
In his interview with gardai later that morning, Deenihan could not recall how much he had drunk or any of the events, the court heard.
He said he probably had the same as most Saturday nights which was "seven or eight pint bottles of cider and five or six vodkas and red bull", the court heard. Judge Joe Mathews said there was a huge problem at the heart of the matter and that was alcohol.
The 24-year-old single man was given a three-year prison sentence and banned from driving for 10 years.