A Dublin man has been jailed for three years for dangerous driving and endangering life when he led gardai on a high speed car chase around the north of the city last year.
Christopher Green (32), a father-of-six of Thornton Heights, Inchicore, reversed a Nissan Almera at speed out of a housing estate and caused a pedestrian garda to jump out of the way.
A garda in a patrol car was also forced to get out of the way as Green did a handbrake turn and drove off at speed.
Green pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of reckless endangerment and dangerous driving at Woodbine Park, Raheny on September 12, 2014.
He has 49 previous convictions, including one from Northern Ireland for possessing an offensive weapon.
Garda Donal Bolger said he had been on patrol in the area when Green and two other male pedestrians fled as he approached in his car.
He told Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, that he spotted Green driving the Nissan Almera a short while later as he and colleagues searched the area for the three men.
Green almost collided with a car at a junction and forced an elderly lady, who was crossing the road with her dog, to jump out of the way.
He and a male front seat passenger abandoned the vehicle at a cul-de-sac on Bayside Square North.
Green tried to hide from gardai but was located in bushes and arrested.
Gda Bolger agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, that his client didn’t give any trouble once he had been caught and had entered an early guilty plea.
Mr Le Vert submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that his client had been an “outstanding” footballer in his youth but made a “wrong decision” when he left his team at 18 years old.
Counsel said his client began drinking and fell in with the wrong crowd.
He asked the judge to take into consideration Green's personal circumstances, the fact he is now off drugs and that he is remorseful for his actions.
Judge Nolan noted that Green seemed to have a problem with authority and banned him from driving for two years.