A MAN who led gardai on a high-speed car chase and drove the wrong way down a motorway before crashing into several cars has been jailed.
Jimmy Cash hit a car with a disabled driver inside, another carrying a mother and her three children and a third with a motorist who needed a live-in nurse to help her recover from her injuries.
The 24-year-old had been out of prison three weeks when gardai tried to track down his car.
When officers approached him on Rathmichael Road, cash drove off at speed in his Skoda with the lights switched off.
He drove at 100kph in 50kph zones along Rathmichael Road and Ballycorus Road, breaking continuous white lines and forcing oncoming vehicles to swerve out of his way. He then sped on to the M50 motorway against traffic and smashed into the other cars.
Cash was eventually thrown from his vehicle, which was split in two across the road.
A woman who was behind the wheel of a Saab had to spend more than €6,000 on medical bills after she broke hand and heel bones in the crash.
The motorist with the three children lost more than €12,000 paying for treatment and damages to her Volkswagen. She still suffers pain and cannot sit or stand for too long.
The disabled motorist lost more than €4,000 because she had to wait for her insurance company to fit special modifications that allowed her to drive the vehicle, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.
Cash, of Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to endangerment, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance over the incident on February 19 last year.
He also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and resisting arrest at Rockford Park, Blackrock, on April 28, 2013.
The court was told that on that occasion the defendant tried to punch gardai who caught him breaking into a house.
Judge Patricia Ryan handed Cash, who has 85 previous convictions including dangerous driving, endangerment, hijacking and 31 burglary offences, a six-year prison sentence.
She suspended the final 18 months after taking into account his guilty pleas.