Sunday 25 February 2018

Woman almost hit by car which mounted path in high speed chase

A woman was almost hit by a speeding car after it mounted a footpath during a high speed chase, a court has heard.

The Dublin man who mounted a footpath during the car chase has been jailed for four years.

John Doran (28) drove away from garda at high speed through crowded city streets and housing estates for over 15 minutes.

At one point a speed of 110 kph was recorded as Doran drove through Rathgar village.

Louise Twomey was standing on a footpath when she saw the car mounting the footpath and coming straight at her. She told gardai she had to jump into the nearby smoking area of a pub to avoid being struck.

Doran of Sandyford Road pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment at Rathgar on November 11, 2012. A charge of dangerous driving was also taken into consideration.

He was serving two suspended sentences imposed at Bray and Arklow District Courts at the time of this offence. These sentences have since been re-activated.

Judge Martin Nolan said this sentence must run consecutively to those terms. The judge also banned him from driving for four years.

Garda Tony Collins earlier told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that the chase began when he spotted Doran breaking a red light at a busy junction outside Dolphins Barn, Dublin.

He said that Doran, a father of four, has 71 previous convictions including 40 road traffic offences, four burglaries and nine thefts.

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