A young man who was a front seat passenger in a stolen car involved in a high-speed chase with gardaí has been ordered to carry out 240 hours community service in lieu of a prison sentence.
Alan McCabe was previously convicted of the unauthorised taking of an MPV on August 29th, 2018 from a property in Rush and the matter was adjourned to allow time to assess if he was suitable for community service.
After re-hearing an outline of the facts, Judge John O’Leary convicted McCabe and instructed he carry out 240 hours in lieu of a three month prison sentence.
Sergeant Patricia McCabe told Swords District Court the 23-year-old was a passenger in a white Mazda Demio which had been stolen from a property in Rush.
The vehicle passed gardaí at speed at Junction 4 southbound on the M1 motorway.
They signalled for the car to stop by it continued on in an erratic manner before the car eventually came to a stop.
The front seat passenger identified himself as Alan McCabe, Cromcastle, Coolock, and was subsequently arrested, Sergeant McGarrity said.
Swords District Court previously heard evidence from Garda Ultan Larney who said he and a colleague were on route to Brookfield Park, Rush following reports of a car being stolen when they saw a white Mazda Demio driving at speed and “swerving all over the road”.
The garda said after confirming this was the same registration as the car reported stolen, they turned the patrol car around and followed the vehicle up the old Dublin Road and onto the M1 heading in the direction of the airport and Coolock.
They pursued the vehicle for several minutes during which time the car mounted the footpath and drove across the grass as the occupants attempted to evade gardaí, he said.
The car eventually came to a stop after it crashed into a lamppost on the side of the road.
Giving evidence to the court at a previous hearing, McCabe said he was in the car on the night but was unaware it was stolen.
He said he had been at a party and met his friend after.
The defendant said he asked his friend who owned the car and his friend told him: “It’s mine bro.”