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Bungling crook tried to flee crime scene -- by hitching a lift in a garda patrol car

DUBLIN'S dumbest criminal was caught escaping a crime scene -- when he accidentally flagged down a garda car.

Jason Ellis (29) was so out of it that he tried to get a lift from officers, despite having his pockets full of stolen goods.

He was caught with the stolen property after officers saw a satellite navigation system hanging out of his pocket and decided to search him.

He said he is addicted to both heroin and valium and can remember nothing about the night.

A judge ordered a probation report, saying the probation services may be able to help the defendant.


Ellis, with an address at Milltown estate in Ashbourne, Co Meath, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour as well as possession of stolen property.

The incident took place on Church Road, Mulhuddart on October 29 last year.

Garda Brian Cromey said he was on mobile patrol shortly before 2am when Ellis flagged down the marked patrol car.

Gda Cromey said Ellis appeared to be sweating a lot and agitated, so he told him he was going to search him for drugs.

The court heard that gardai found a satellite navigation system in Ellis's pocket, as well as a driver's licence, immigration card, Laser card and family photos belonging to a Chinese man who lives in Ireland.

Gda Cromey said the man's wallet was stolen from him earlier that day.

Defence lawyer Aoife O'Leary said Ellis has had a longstanding addiction to heroin, and has found it difficult to get onto a methadone programme in Ashbourne, where he lives.

Ms O'Leary said Ellis has tried to get off drugs a number of times, but has been unsuccessful. He is currently on 80mls of methadone.

The court heard that on the night in question Ellis took a lot of tablets, mainly valium, and doesn't remember the incident.

Gda Cromey agreed that Ellis was "not in his right mind" when he flagged down the patrol car.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to March.