Man pleads guilty after chase in stolen car with boy on board
A MAN has pleaded guilty to stealing a car, falsely imprisoning a three-year-old boy, assaulting the boy's mother, and driving straight at gardai before the car was shot at by armed officers.
Noel Price (33) pleaded guilty to six charges relating to the terrifying incident on January 20 last, when he stole a car with a child inside it, before the child was let out on the side of the road.
Price pleaded guilty to stealing the car from outside a shop at Woodview, Caherdavin, Limerick as the owner of the car got out to go into the shop. Price also pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman, causing her harm, as he stole her car with her three-year-old son still inside.
The accused also pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of the child as he sped away from the shop in the direction of Moyross, Limerick.
In the middle of a high-speed pursuit with armed and uniformed gardai, Price brought the stolen car to a halt and removed the child from the car, leaving the boy alone on the side of the roadway.
Price also accepted a charge that this had created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to the child.
As the high-speed chase with gardai continued, Price came upon an armed garda unit and drove straight at an armed officer on the Knocknalisheen Road, near Moyross.
Price, of Kileely Road, Kileely, Limerick, pleaded guilty to creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury to a third member of the force, who opened fire on the stolen car.
The armed officer fired two shots at the windscreen of the car with the intention of stopping the vehicle.
The car eventually came to a halt when it crashed into a tree in a field off the Knocknalisheen Road.
At Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran said he would sentence Price on October 13.