Sunday 21 January 2018

Banned driver led gardai on high speed car chase with her child (2) in the back

Jolanda O'Driscoll (30)
Jolanda O'Driscoll (30)

Nicola Donnelly

A disqualified driver who led gardai on a high-speed chase with her two-year-old child in the back seat while on her way to collect her children from school has been sentenced to 28 days in prison.

Jolanda O'Driscoll (30) was also disqualified from driving for a total of seven years for dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that the reason the defendant drove at speed away from gardai was because she panicked as she had been banned.

O'Driscoll, of Heathfield Crescent, Finglas, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance at Wellmount Park, Finglas, last January 13.

Gda Robbie Byrne gave evidence that O'Driscoll was driving a Volks- wagen Passat and accelerated when she saw gardai.

She drove at high speed through a number of areas in Finglas, forcing other road users to brake hard.

When she stopped at Wellmount Park, gardai noticed a two-year-old child in the rear seat.

O'Driscoll has 21 previous convictions, including two for driving without insurance.

Her defence barrister said O'Driscoll panicked and she was "holding her hands up".

Judge David McHugh sentenced her to 28 days to reflect on the reasons she has driven without insurance and while under disqualification.

"There is some disconnect there to what she views the Road Traffic Act to be," he said.


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