Tuesday 17 July 2018

Liam Keane 'put motorists at risk' during high-speed car chase against oncoming traffic, court hears

Liam Keane leaves Limerick District court this Monday
Liam Keane leaves Limerick District court this Monday

Kathryn Hayes

A Limerick man has been granted bail after he was charged in connection with a high speed chase at the weekend.

Liam Keane (31) of Singland Gardens, Ballysimon, Limerick, faces a total of ten charges arising out of an alleged incident on Saturday night.

He faces nine charges under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and he is also accused of recklessly endangering the lives of other motorists on the N18.

The 31-year-old was brought before Limerick District Court on Monday where Garda Dean Landers said the defendant was arrested in the Garryowen area of Limerick city at 11.05pm on Saturday.

He was detained and questioned at Roxboro Road garda station where he was formally charged at 6pm on Sunday.

Outlining the nature of the allegations the Garda witness said Keane was initially observed driving a 06C-registered car at John Carew Park by members of the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) at around 6.15pm on Saturday.

He said it will be alleged he failed to stop and that during a subsequent pursuit he drove at speed against oncoming traffic on the wrong carriageway of the N18.

It was alleged that the 31-year-old "put a lot of motorists at risk" and clipped one vehicle.

The occupants of a car which was allegedly clipped during the pursuit later presented in hospital suffering from what were described as “soft tissue” injuries.

Judge Lucey commented that the “presumption of innocence” applies.

Judge Lucey said he was granting bail subject to a number of conditions.

In addition to not driving any vehicle, Liam Keane was ordered to sign on daily, obey a nightly curfew and be contactable at all times.

Sergeant John Moloney asked that the case be adjourned to June 10, next for DPP’s directions.

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