Friday 24 November 2017

Teenager gets six months for dangerous-driving rampage

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE thief has been detained for six months after going on a dangerous-driving rampage in which several motorists were put in danger.

The boy, aged 17, was found guilty at the Dublin Children's Court on three counts of a dangerous driving in connection with the high-speed pursuit in north Dublin on March 2 last.

The teen, who is in custody and already serving a sentence for an attempted robbery, was also found guilty of the theft of an iPhone from a woman, on Brunswick Street, in Dublin 7, which occurred on June 26 last.

Judge Ann Ryan imposed a six-month term for the dangerous driving incident and a consecutive three-month sentence for the phone theft.

The court heard that the teenager endangered the lives of other motorists and pedestrians, went around a blind corner on the wrong side of a road and sped through a residential areas.

Garda Mark Leonard told Judge Ryan the teenager was driving a stolen Nissan Micra which had been reported stolen in north Dublin. Garda Ronan Murphy was driving a patrol van and pulled over in front of the Micra.

The teenager managed to drive around the garda van and sped away. Gda Leonard said the teenager “drove on the wrong side of the road while going around a corner”.

“Other road users coming in his direction had to swerve into a hedge,” he also said adding that the teenager put motorists and pedestrians “in danger”.

Judge Ryan also heard that the boy did handbrake turns and reached speeds of 120kmh in areas where the limit was 60kmh.

The teenager was arrested shortly after the car was abandoned in the Darndale area in north Dublin, the court was told.

The court has heard that the boy, who was accompanied to his trial by his mother, had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was aged 11. Since then he has amassed a litany of criminal convictions including nine for dangerous driving.

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