Saturday 16 December 2017

'Fast cars are my heroin' - man's words after he knocked down garda and rammed bus and two patrol cars during chase

Jamie Marshal(27), Altamira Court, Thomondgate outside Limerick Circuit Court
Jamie Marshal(27), Altamira Court, Thomondgate outside Limerick Circuit Court

David Raleigh

A Limerick criminal who knocked down a garda and rammed a bus and two garda patrol cars, while driving a high-powered stolen BMW, told gardaí after his arrest: “I’m addicted to fast cars.”

Jamie Marshall, who was banned from driving at the time, also told arresting officers: “Fast cars are my heroin,” Limerick Circuit Court heard.

Marshall (28), of Altimira Terrace, Thomondgate, was arrested by Detective Garda Brian Colbert following a high-speed chase with Limerick gardaí on August 31, 2016.

Marshall, who had over 50 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of burglary, four counts of criminal damage, and to three counts of stealing cars.

Following his arrest, Marshall led Det Gda Colbert to a Nissan Qashqai, which was stolen from a house on Father Russell Road.

The car contained a laptop and iPad, which were stolen by Marshall during burglaries. The accused also helped gardaí locate a stolen VW Polo taken during one of the burglaries.

During the chase with gardaí, Marshall reversed the stolen BMW and collided with Garda Shane Kirwin, injuring him in one of his legs.

Marshall then crashed into two garda patrol cars before he was pursued by gardaí at speeds of up to 100kmh through Limerick city.

During the chase, Marshall drove in the middle of the road causing other motorists to swerve out of the way.

The chase continued along Hartstonge Street, O’Connell Avenue, Mallow Street, Boherbouy, and onto Hyde Road.

The stolen BMW eventually stopped near Carey’s Road, after Marshall rammed a bus and pushed another vehicle, that had stopped at traffic lights, into the middle of the road.

The collision was captured on the bus CCTV system.

Det Gda Colbert, having chased Marshall on foot from Carey’s Road, arrested him at Kennedy Park.

Marshall caused €10,000 damage to the €40,000 BMW.

The accused revived a 10-year driving ban in 2013, after he had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Judge Tom O’Donnell remanded Marshall in custody for sentencing on May 3.

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