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Father of four jailed after fleeing from checkpoint



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A father of four who fled a Garda checkpoint while driving drunk leading to "a litany of episodes of reckless and dangerous driving" has been jailed for 20 months.

John McDonagh (30), of Labre Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment at several locations in Co Dublin and Co Meath on July 27, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance at Kilmore Road, Ballyfermot, on the same date in July 2019.

Garda Erica Delaney told Kieran Kelly, prosecuting, that on the date in question, gardaí were performing an alcohol checkpoint on the Kilmore Road. McDonagh was signalled to pull over by gardaí. He mounted the footpath at a slow speed and appeared to be about to stop, before he took off at speed.

While being pursued by gardaí, he overtook other road users dangerously and drove the wrong way around a roundabout. On the M50 and M1 motorways he undertook and overtook cars.

Judge Martin Nolan described the offences as "a litany of episodes of reckless and dangerous driving".

He sentenced him to three years' imprisonment, but suspended the final 16 months of the sentence on strict conditions. He also suspended McDonagh from driving for four years.

Irish Independent