A DUBLIN man rammed two garda patrol vehicles to evade capture after a “stinger” was deployed to stop his car during dangerous driving rampage, it has been alleged.
Kenneth Williams (37) is also accused of violently resisting arrest after he was stopped in the north west of the city yesterday.
He appeared in Blanchardstown District Court on multiple charges arising from the incident, and Judge Gerard Jones remanded him in custody after he made no bail application.
Mr Williams, from Barry Avenue in Finglas is charged with three counts of dangerous driving - at St Margaret’s Road, Abbotstown Drive and Ratoath Drive, all in Finglas.
He is also charged with causing criminal damage to two patrol cars, garda obstruction and refusing to provide a sample at Blanchardstown Garda Station.
Garda Robert Diffley told the court he arrested the accused at Ratoath Drive in Finglas at 9.30pm yesterday and brought him to Blanchardstown Garda Station.
He was charged at 3.35am this morning and to one charge, he replied: “Disgraceful, stopping someone for no tax or insurance.”
He made no reply to the other charges and was handed copies of the charge sheets.
Gda Diffley said he was objecting to bail, but Mr William’s barrister said she was making no bail application today.
Judge Jones asked the garda for an outline of the circumstances.
He said the case related to a traffic pursuit initiated by gardai from Finglas station at approximately 9pm yesterday. A stinger was deployed to bring the car to a halt but it continued onto Ratoath Drive, where it collided with an official garda patrol vehicle, causing damage to the front bumper and resulting in that car being grounded, Gda Diffley continued.
It was alleged Mr Williams then reversed into a second patrol vehicle before the accused was arrested. He was in the driver’s seat, the garda said.
Judge Jones asked if it was alleged the accused had deliberately rammed the garda cars.
“It is my belief that in an attempt to evade capture he rammed the cars,” Gda Diffley said.
Mr Williams violently resisted arrest and it took numerous gardai to arrest him, he said.
It was further alleged deals of suspected heroin were found on him after his arrest, subject to analysis.
The garda said it was envisaged there would be more charges and a file was being prepared for the DPP.
Mr Williams’ barrister said the accused had “very complex medical needs” and had a leg injury, and she handed in a medical report.
The accused, with visible grazes to his face, was dressed in a navy hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and black and white runners. He spoke only to ask the court if the gardai could “give me back my phone.”
He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.
Judge Jones remanded him in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on March 31.