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Driver gets 99-year ban for near-miss with tram

A JUDGE has banned a man from driving for 99 years after he almost collided with a Luas while driving at speeds of up to 120kph.

Daryl Bolger (21), of Kilcarrig Green, in Tallaght, was banned from driving for 40 years at the time of the offence in June of last year.

Tallaght District Court was told that a Luas driver was forced to stop suddenly to avoid a collision after Bolger sped through a red light.

The court heard that Bolger was driving at speeds in excess of 120kph and on the wrong side of the road during the car chase through Tallaght.

Bolger was lucky there was no accident and that no one was injured, the court was told.

Judge Anthony Halpin said Bolger's driving was "reckless" and "horrendous".

The judge banned Bolger from driving for 99 years, fined him €700 and sentenced him to six months in prison – suspended for three years.



Bolger admitted dangerous driving as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence.

The incident took place at Fortunestown Lane in Tallaght on June 24 last year.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said gardai were on mobile patrol around 10.45pm when a 1996-registered car drove towards them at speed on Citywest Road.

Sgt Henry said gardai indicated for the car to stop but it failed to stop and drove at speeds of 120kph on the wrong side of Fortunestown Lane, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic.

The sergeant said Bolger drove the entire length of Brookfield Road on the wrong side of the road.

Bolger also ran a red light at Cheeverstown Road, forcing a Luas driver to brake to avoid a collision.

Sgt Henry said Bolger got out of the driver's door and ran away but was arrested a short distance away on Embankment Road.