Friday 27 April 2018

Teen veered stolen car at Garda motorcyclist before driving 'erratically' through city centre - court hears

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A TEEN who drove a stolen car at a Garda motorcyclist and proceeded through a busy Irish city centre before losing control and crashing was jailed for two years.

Kelvin McNamara (19) was jailed as Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard it was incredible that no-one was injured in the incident.

Judge Sean O'Donnabháin was told that Garda motorcyclist Bernard Sheehan spotted a vehicle on the Boreenmanna Road in July 2017 and signalled for the driver to pull over.

However, the vehicle veered towards him and the garda had to take an evasive manoeuvre.

The car continued through the city being driven in an erratic manner before the driver lost control and it crashed at Wolfe Tone Street.

The driver was arrested at the scene.

McNamara of Harbour Avenue, Knocknaheeny, Cork pleaded guilty to a number of charges arising from the incident including endangerment, dangerous driving and driving while over the alcohol limit.

Judge O'Donnabháin was told the vehicle involved had been reported stolen in the Ballinlough area earlier.

The judge paid tribute to the skill and courage of Garda Sheehan.

He said that but for the skill and diligence of the Garda motorcyclist the incident could have had a far more serious outcome.

Judge O'Donnabháin also said he was satisfied the defendant knew the motorcyclist was a garda and that he deliberately veered towards him on the Boreenmanna Road.

He imposed a three year prison sentence but agreed to suspend the final 12 months in light of McNamara's plea and remorse.

The judge disqualified the teen from driving for a period of 10 years.

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