'Little boy racer' led gardai on chase at speeds of 160kmph
A motorist described as a "little boy racer" forced gardai to take action to avoid a crash as he led them on a high-speed chase in west Dublin.
Patrick Casey (21) swerved out in front of the squad car after officers had driven alongside him, signalling him to stop, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh banned him from driving for two years and fined him €500.
Casey, of St Aidan's Halting site, Brookfield, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Naas Road last February 8.
Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai saw a Volkswagen Passat travelling at 120kph in a 50kph zone around the Red Cow interchange.
The car continued outbound towards Naas, overtaking two vehicles and driving in a "highly dangerous manner", the court heard.
Casey was travelling at speeds of up to 160kph and gardai struggled to keep up with him.
The garda car drove alongside him for 200 metres, signalling him to stop.
Casey swerved into the path of the officers, forcing them to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
The accused eventually stopped at the Kingswood interchange.
"What madness is this?" Judge McHugh asked defence barrister Jennifer Jackson.
She replied that, thankfully, nobody was injured and there was no accident, for which Casey was grateful.
The accused was a young man and "what comes to mind is little boy racer", she said.
He had shown a lack of foresight and had not considered the potentially perilous consequences of his actions.
It was "really reckless behaviour", she added.
Casey had been fully insured and his family relied on him to ferry his brothers and sisters to school.