Pair 'sorry' after injuring garda
Two men charged in relation to an incident that left a motorcycle garda seriously injured apologised to arresting officers.
John O'Driscoll, 27, and Damien Fitzgerald, 28, appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court following a high-speed chase around Cork city that left Garda Michael Twomey, 37, injured.
O'Driscoll, of no fixed abode, was charged with seven offences including five counts of dangerous driving. These related to a number of different locations around Cork city between 8.30am and 10am on Friday.
Garda Robert Kennedy told Judge Olann Kelleher that when he charged O'Driscoll with dangerous driving he replied: "I am sorry . . . I am sorry for the garda."
The dangerous driving counts related to alleged incidents on the Rochestown Road, Clogheen, Blarney, Brian Boru Bridge and Rathduff. O'Driscoll also faces a count of theft at the Vienna Woods Hotel in Glanmire.
Fitzgerald, of Inniscarra Road, Fair Hill, Cork, was charged with allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle and with theft at Vienna Woods Hotel on April 18. He told arresting officers: "I am sorry."
Defence solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher asked that both men receive medical and psychiatric attention while in prison.
The judge remanded both in custody. Both were granted free legal aid and remanded to appear before Cork District Court this Thursday.
Supt Con Cadogan has hailed injured Garda Twomey, a married man with a young family, as a hero for bravely trying to protect pedestrians and motorists by stopping traffic in advance of the stolen van.
During the chase, a garda patrol van was rammed in the city centre and Garda Twomey's bike was struck on the Mallow Road. The van was finally stopped, driving the wrong way on the Limerick-Cork dual-carriageway towards Cork city, when garda drivers trapped it.
Garda Twomey was tended to at the scene by concerned pedestrians and motorists before he was able to be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH). He is expected to be discharged within the next 24 hours.