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Five charged following hair-raising sulky race

BILL BROWNE

Published 08/11/2012 | 08:49

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Video-grab of the sulky race in progress earlier this year.

FIVE men have appeared in court on charges relating to an illegal sulky race along one of the busiest stretches of road in Munster.

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The five men, who are all members of the Travelling community from Cork city, appeared before Judge Leo Malone at last Friday's sitting of Cork District Court.

They were all charged with road traffic offences, the most serious being dangerous driving and wilful obstruction on Saturday, May 5 last on the M20 Cork to Mallow road.

The race made national headlines after a video shot as it progressed went viral on the internet.

The hair-raising video clip showed the two sulkies travelling along the road in the direction of Mallow, between the Blarney and Whitechurch junctions.

A cavalcade of cars and vans, sometimes travelling up to four abreast, followed the sulky's as they sped along the road.

The video, shot from the front passenger seat of one of the vans, showed cars weaving across the road and veering into the oncoming lane forcing shocked motorists to take evasive action.

It also showed some vehicles attempting to block off a pursuing garda car, which eventually managed to force one of the sulky's to pull up in the hard shoulder.

Detectives were able track down some of the vehicles involved by viewing the video footage of the race, which had over 350,000 hits on YouTube.

The men facing charges are all aged between 25 and 46, and have addresses in the Fairhill, Bishopstown and Knocknaheeny areas of Cork city.

Judge Malone granted the defendants' bail application and adjourned the case until November 27.

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