A FATHER of two who led gardai on a high-speed car chase across north Dublin following an argument with his girlfriend was later dumped by her, a court heard.
Michael Weldon (26) ran a red light at a busy Swords junction, and narrowly missed three taxis before he crashed his car in Portmarnock.
He claimed he was upset about arguing with his girlfriend and afraid that if they broke up he would never see his two children again.
Judge David Anderson sentenced Weldon to seven months in prison, fined him €500 and banned him from driving for four years.
The defendant, of Glasmore Park in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of dangerous driving as well as failing to stop for gardai and refusing to provide them with a blood or urine sample.
He also admitted to violent behaviour in Swords Garda Station in the incident.
Garda Sergeant Eamon Hoey said he was on mobile patrol in Swords when a call came that a blue Ford Mondeo had failed to stop for gardai at River Valley.
Garda Sgt Hoey said he made his way to the Boroimhe Road where he met the Mondeo travelling at speed.
He said Weldon drove through a red light at the junction of Dublin Road and Boroimhe Road, narrowly missing two taxis.
The court heard that Weldon drove at high speed along Dublin Road, Stockhole Lane and Baskin Lane, narrowly missing a third taxi at Baskin Lane.
Sgt Hoey said the high-speed pursuit lasted five minutes, and ended when Weldon crashed the car at Strand Road in Portmarnock.
Sgt Hoey said Weldon was taken to Swords Garda Station where he was very abusive to gardai and repeatedly banged on his cell door. He also refused to provide a blood or urine specimen.
The court heard the defendant has 29 previous convictions, including four for driving without insurance and one for dangerous driving.
Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Weldon had a serious argument with his girlfriend, and stupidly got into his car.
Mr Jackson said Weldon thought the relationship was over, and was worried he'd never see his children again.
He said the defendant's partner had broken up with him due to these charges, as she'd warned him to stay out of trouble.