A YOUNG man who drove a stolen car past patrolling gardai while the vehicle's alarm was going off and its indicators were flashing has been given a suspended sentence.
Garda James King revealed he could clearly see Ross O'Leary (20) in the driver's seat, even though he'd tried to cover his face with his hand.
Gda King said O'Leary abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot when the car became "sandwiched" between two other cars.
He was found minutes later hiding behind an attic water tank in a nearby premises.
O'Leary, of Ferryman's Cross, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a Honda Civic, dangerous driving and criminal damage to three vehicles at Seville Place on March 26, 2009.
He has nine previous convictions, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.
Judge Katherine Delahunt commented that O'Leary was "on a rampage on the night".
However, she noted that he had faced his own tragedies in life and suffered the ongoing effects of a childhood head injury.
She imposed terms of two years and six months but suspended them all in full. She also disqualified him from driving for two years.
Garda King said O'Leary reversed the Honda at speed towards the garda car, which was forced to swerve out of the way and narrowly missed colliding with a parked vehicle, when he was blocked in front by oncoming traffic.
He said O'Leary was on bail for a public order offence during this incident and added that he had one matter pending in the courts.
Geraldine Small, defending, said that her client had a serious tablet addiction and had been intoxicated at the time.
Garda King agreed that O'Leary, whom he described as "a decent character", had been victim of a stabbing in a park near his home since the incident.