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Driver 'rammed garda car then reversed into second one', court told


Kenneth Williams faces three counts of dangerous driving

Kenneth Williams faces three counts of dangerous driving

Kenneth Williams faces three counts of dangerous driving

A Dublin man rammed two garda patrol vehicles to avoid capture after a "stinger" was deployed to stop his car during a dangerous driving rampage, it has been alleged.

Kenneth Williams (37) is also accused of violently resisting arrest after he was stopped in the north west of the city.

He appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on multiple charges arising from the incident, and Judge Gerard Jones remanded him in custody after he made no bail application.

Mr Williams, with an address at Barry Avenue, Finglas, is charged with three counts of dangerous driving.


The offences are alleged to have happened at St Margaret's Road, Abbotstown Drive and Ratoath Drive, all in Finglas, on Thursday.

He is also charged with causing criminal damage to two patrol cars, possession of heroin, garda obstruction and refusing to provide a sample at Blanch- ardstown Garda Station.

Garda Robert Diffley told the court he arrested the accused at Ratoath Drive at 9.30pm on Thursday and took him to the station.

Mr Williams was charged at 3.35am yesterday, and to one of the eight counts he replied after caution: "Disgraceful, stopping someone for no tax or insurance."

The accused made no reply to the other charges and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Gda Diffley said he was objecting to bail, but Mr Williams' barrister said she was making no bail application at the moment.

Judge Jones asked the garda for an outline of the circumstances in the case.

The officer said it related to a traffic pursuit initiated by gardai from Finglas station at around 9pm on Thursday.

The judge asked how the car was eventually stopped.

A stinger was deployed to bring it to a halt, but it continued on to Ratoath Drive, where it collided with an official garda patrol vehicle, causing damage to the car's front bumper and resulting in it being "grounded", Gda Diffley told the judge.

It was alleged that Mr Will-iams then reversed into a second patrol vehicle before he was arrested.

He was in the driver's seat when he was apprehended, the garda said.

Judge Jones asked if it was alleged that the accused had deliberately rammed the garda cars.

"It is my belief that in an attempt to evade capture he rammed the cars," Gda Diffley replied.

Mr Williams violently resisted arrest, and it took numerous gardai to effect it, he said.

It was further alleged that deals of suspected heroin, subject to analysis, were found on him after his arrest.


The garda said it was envisaged there would be more charges, and a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Williams' barrister said the accused had "very complex medical needs" and had a leg injury, and she handed in a medical report.

The accused, with visible grazes to his face, was dressed in a navy hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and black and white runners.

He spoke only to ask the court if the gardai could "give me back my phone".

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Judge Jones remanded him in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.