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TD's son admits driving offences after high-speed garda pursuit

David Raleigh

Published 27/02/2013 | 04:00

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A TD's son has pleaded guilty to a plethora of motoring offences arising out of a high-speed chase with gardai.

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Peter Fleming (22), the son of Fianna Fail Laois TD Sean Fleming, appeared before Limerick District Court charged with four counts of dangerous driving, drink driving, hit and run, stealing a car, driving without insurance and driving without a driver's licence.

Detective Garda Paul Crowley gave evidence of arresting Fleming yesterday. He made no reply to the charges.

Fleming stole a car on January 23 in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Three days later, while driving the car, he was involved in a high-speed chase with gardai in Limerick.

The chase began on the Old Dooradoyle Road near the Crescent Shopping Centre, where Fleming collided with another car.

He then drove through the islands of two roundabouts before he was arrested by pursuing gardai.

Fleming has 24 previous convictions including indecency, animal cruelty, assault, criminal damage to a garda car, theft and burglary, and failing to give gardai his name and address.

The court heard Fleming was facing 18 months in prison through the activation of two consecutive suspended sentences for theft and criminal damage in Portlaoise.

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Two consecutive nine-month suspended jail terms, for theft and criminal damage, were suspended by Portlaoise District Court, on June 7, 2012, for a period of 12 months.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly, at Limerick District Court, remanded Fleming in continuing custody to Portlaoise District Court tomorrow for activation of the suspended sentences.

Fleming, of The Shambles, Marketplace, Tullamore, Co Offaly, will re-appear in court in Limerick at a later date for sentencing on the motoring offences.

In 2008, Sean Fleming issued a public apology on behalf of the family for his son's behaviour after he was given 18 months in jail for a litany of offences including stoning a horse, assault and indecency.

The politician stated: "I am truly sorry and the family is very sorry for all the difficulties Peter caused to a lot of people along the way."

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