A BANNED driver was so desperate to get away from gardai that he jumped from a moving vehicle and ran across a busy road, forcing other motorists to take evasive action.
Jimmy Cash (23) drove at high speed over green areas and through a number of estates in west Dublin, narrowly missing children playing in the area.
The defendant's solicitor asked for Cash to be jailed, saying it was what he wanted.
Judge David McHugh fined Cash €500, banned him from driving for two years and sentenced him to five months.
The defendant, of Warrenstown Park in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of dangerous driving, as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol at about 1.30pm on March 13 when they saw a silver Peugeot 206 driving at speed on the wrong side of the road in the Warrenstown estate.
Sgt Callaghan said the car failed to stop for gardai, and went on to a footpath and drove at high speed over a green play area.
The sergeant said Cash went through a red light at the junction of Blanchardstown Road and Blackcourt Road, forcing other motorists to take evasive action to avoid him.
Sgt Callaghan said Cash, pursued by gardai, went through traffic lights on Blackcourt Road and made a handbrake turn into Corduff Grove, where young children were playing.
Cash drove into a cul de sac and jumped from the moving car, running across a busy road.
Sgt Callaghan said Cash was arrested as he was trying to scale a fence into Riversdale Community College.
Cash has 64 previous convictions, including 31 for burglary and five for dangerous driving.
Defence solicitor Mairead White said Cash knew he was banned from driving and that was why he tried to get away from gardai.