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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Watch: Joyrider narrowly escapes as car drifts into the water after terrorising Dublin street

An onlooker captured the dangerous incident on video
An onlooker captured the dangerous incident on video

Conor Feehan and Laura Larkin

The terrifying moment a car is recklessly driven around a Dublin street before it is driven into the water has been captured on film.

The vehicle was reported stolen on Monday night and was seen driving dangerously in the Spencer Dock area shortly before 11pm that night.

A joyrider can be seen speeding and pulling dangerous handbrake turns in late night traffic on Sheriff Street in the north inner city, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and other cars.

In one heart-stopping moment the car can be seen driving in the wrong direction down the main road, causing other drivers to jam on their brakes.

In another the car drifts through a junction.

After terrorising drivers in the area the driver of the car has a narrow escape when the car crashes into Spencer Dock.

Grainy footage captured by a shocked onlooker shows the driver jumping out of the car moments before it goes over the wall.

A garda spokeswoman confirmed that the matter had been reported to them.

“No arrests were made and there were no reports of injuries, but the car was reported stolen and the matter is under investigation,” she said.

However, the car remained in the water today with the driver and passenger doors open.

Tyre marks could be seen on the grass and the roadway where the car had been raced before it was driven into the Royal Canal in the north inner city.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council – who would be  responsible for removing the car from the canal – was unavailable for comment.

Locals told the Herald that another car had been joyriding in the area last week, but that it wasn’t a significant problem in the area.

The shocking video has made headlines around the world, and has been picked up by the New York Post.

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