A MAN who drove over speed ramps in Mallow at speed, crashed into railings and then fled has been banned from driving for two years.
Inspector Eoghan Healy said Kevin Reidy had been driving at Canon Sheehan Place, Mallow - which he described as "narrow" - on March 27, 2011. The State struck out a separate charge, also for dangerous driving, at Cork Road, Mallow.
Insp Healy said 26 year-old Mr Reidy of 22 Woodview Drive, Mallow had a number of previous convictions which included drink driving, criminal damage, assault causing harm, theft, misuse of drugs, unlawful possession of knives as well as public order.
Mr Reidy's solicitor, Mr Cathal Lombard, said his client was one of three people who drove the car when the incident occurred. He added that while a lot of the previous public order and assault matters were drink related "there has been a substantial change in his attitude and behaviour since this offence."
He said Mr Reidy now lives in Cork with his partner and child and has found this to be "a very maturing experience."
Judge Brian Sheridan issued a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years on the dangerous driving charge.
"He really has a chequered history. But now he is clearly getting on with his life," said Judge Sheridan.
However, the judge said if Mr Reidy drove when disqualified then he would be sent to prison.