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Driver facing jail for danger chase on estate

A YOUNG driver who did speed "laps" around a housing estate driving along footpaths and down pedestrian laneways was lucky that no one was injured in the incident, a court heard.

Ronan Bailey (20) lost control of the car, hit a kerb and smashed into the rear of a parked vehicle.

He asked a judge to postpone sentencing for six weeks as he was starting a rehabilitation course for alcohol problems.

The judge ordered urinalysis and adjourned sentencing to a date in October.

Bailey, of Cushlawn Walk in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to dangerous driving, criminal damage and failing to produce his driving licence and insurance.

The incident took place at Cushlawn Walk around 11.50pm on April 1 last.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said that gardai were on patrol in the Cushlawn estate when they saw a silver Mitsubishi Lancer hit a kerb and drive towards them at speed.

When Bailey saw gardai he undertook the patrol car, and failed to stop when gardai activated the blue lights and siren.

Sgt Henry said Bailey did laps around Cushlawn Walk and Cushlawn Way, driving on footpaths and down laneways.

He lost control of the vehicle, striking a vehicle and causing €400 worth of damage.

The court heard that Bailey had 15 previous convictions, and was banned from driving at the time of the offence.

Defence solicitor Grainne Malone blamed Bailey's behaviour was a result of his excessive drinking, but he is due to begin a rehabilitation course.

Ms Malone said the defendant realises he is facing a prison sentence, but said she was anxious the judge allow him an opportunity to start the course, which provides computer and personal skills for recovering drink and drug addicts.

She said he also wishes to compensate the owner for the damage to the car. Judge James McDonnell adjourned sentencing to a date in October.