Boy racers caught in garda sting operation
GARDAI have prosecuted 100 boy racers caught doing dangerous stunts in a built-up area while being cheered on by dozens of onlookers.
Details of a major sting operation emerged yesterday after gardai sealed off an industrial park in west Dublin where the drivers had gathered to show off.
Inspector Barry Moore from the Garda Traffic Bureau said that the drivers arranged to meet at the Western Industrial Estate in Clondalkin on October 3. An operation was launched by gardai who sealed off the estate, cutting off escape routes for up to 150 boy racers.
Footage from a garda helicopter shows motorists driving at high speeds in the built-up area, with some losing control of their cars.
"They have spotters on the main road so timing is crucial. We had three unmarked cars and 12 patrol cars. There were 28 gardai, an armed unit and a number of plainclothes gardai inside," Inspector Moore said.
At 9.26pm, the unmarked cars sealed off the three entrances to the estate. At the same time, the marked units entered the industrial park, prompting the boy racers to flee. But none could leave.
"Every car was checked. About 100 were charged with road traffic offences, of which 50pc have gone through the courts," Inspector Moore said.