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Driver passed a patrol car at speed before trying to escape Gardaí on foot


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A driver who passed a patrol car at speed before abandoning the vehicle and trying to make his escape on foot had false tax and insurance displayed at the time, a court has heard.

One of the tyres on the Mistubishi Lancer driven by John Kershaw (42) was also bald, Garda Ultan Larney told Swords District Court.

Kershaw, with an address at Brackenstown View, Swords, pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences arising out of the incident on November 9, 2020, including driving without valid insurance or tax, driving without a driving licence and exhibiting false discs.

The court heard the defendant has 51 previous convictions, 47 of which are for road traffic offences.

Garda Larney said he was on duty on Swords shortly before 12am when the Red Mitsubishi driven by Kershaw passed the patrol vehicle at speed.

He said the car failed to indicate and continued to drive at speed in order to evade gardaí before eventually coming to a stop.

The defendant then abandoned the vehicle and fled the area on foot.

He was apprehended at Applewood Avenue West in Swords, Garda Larney said.

The car was examined by gardaí and found to have no valid tax or insurance displayed, no NCT and the front right tyre was less than 1mm.

In addition, a false insurance disc and a false tax disc belonging to another vehicle were displayed on the car.

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Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy the defendant is someone who has come to the attention of gardaí on a number of occasions in relation to road traffic offences.

He was given a five month prison sentence in February 2021 for an offence that predates the matter before the court and having experienced what it was like to be incarcerated did not want to go back there again, she said, adding Kershaw would be willing to do community service.

She said the defendant was asking the court for one last chance as he cares for his mother who is dependant on him.

On the night in question his son had been in trouble in Dundalk and Kershaw had taken his own father’s car to go and get his son, Ms D’Arcy said.

Judge Dermot Dempsey sought a Probation and Welfare Report with community service assessment for 240 hours in relation to driving without insurance and adjourned that matter to July 25th to allow time for the preparation of the report.

He convicted and fined the defendant €100 for driving without a driving licence and disqualified him from driving for two years.

Judge Dempsey further fined Kershaw at the district couort €200 for exhibiting false discs and €100 for driving with a bald tyre.