Saturday 17 March 2018

Pictured: Gardaí injured as patrol car 'rammed' in high-speed chase

Bray garda car rammed
Bray garda car rammed

Ken Foy

This is the damage sustained by a garda patrol car after a collision with a suspected stolen vehicle.

Two gardai required hospital treatment after the alleged ramming incident which happened in the town centre of Bray, Co Wicklow, at 10.30pm on July 12.

A 26-year-old Ballyfermot man and woman – who was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle – were arrested at the scene.


The male suspect – William Coady with a current address at Judge Darley’s Hostel, Benburb Street, Dublin – made his second appearance at Bray District Court on Monday where he was further remanded in custody after appearing first at Arklow District Court last  Wednesday.

The earlier court hearing heard that Coady was a “risk to society” and that he was accused of driving a stolen car at speeds up to 200kph.

He is charged with using an MPV without the consent of his owner. Inspector Syl Hipwell said that Coady had been pursued by gardai in a high-speed chase through Dublin and into Co Wicklow.

The chase ended when the defendant went through a red light on Bray’s Main Street and collided with a garda patrol car.

Evidence was given that Coady, who was covered in blood, was asked if he had any remorse for his actions and he said that he was happy

that the garda and himself “were all right”.

Coady was upset when he was denied bail at the court hearing and said: “I made one stupid mistake.”

He also shouted at his ­defending solicitor David ­Tarrant from the witness box when bail was denied.

“What are you doing for me solicitor? You’re meant to be speaking up for me,” he said.

While Coady is in custody,  his co-accused Jessica ­McCarthy, of ­Camac Crescent, Inchicore, was ­granted bail.

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