Thursday 27 November 2014

Driver on wrong side of road sped at patrol car

Eimear Cotter

Published 07/06/2014 | 14:40

The car was observed by a passing garda patrol
The car was observed by a passing garda patrol

A PLASTERER who drove at high speed and on the wrong side of the road towards a garda car has been put off the road for five years.

Andrew Ross (32) claimed he was simply trying to avoid parked vehicles on a narrow road.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Ross to three months in prison, saying he had put his own life and other lives at risk with his driving.

He also fined him €500 and banned him from driving for five years.

The defendant, of Hampton Wood Avenue, in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence as well as dangerous driving at Lanesborough Road, Finglas, last December 2. Gda Louise O’Sullivan said she was on mobile patrol around 8.30am when she saw Ross driving a 2001-registered vehicle towards the patrol car at high speed and on the wrong side of the road.

ABANDONED Gda O’Sullivan said Ross drove around a corner, where he jumped out and abandoned the vehicle.

The court heard Ross has 27 previous convictions, but had not been in trouble since 2007.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said Ross, a father of two, was driving his girlfriend’s car and

mistakenly thought he was insured.

Ms Breen said Ross got into trouble in the past but he had managed to turn his life around.

She said Ross, a qualified plasterer, worked in Australia for two years but since returning

home he has struggled to find work.

Ms Breen said Ross claims he was driving on the wrong side of the road because the road

was narrow and there were cars parked along it. He also denied fleeing the scene.

She said Ross had no explanation for his driving, which Judge McHugh described as

“madness”.

Ross immediately appealed the conviction.

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