A PASSENGER who fled from a car following a high-speed chase with gardai is now recovering from a kidney transplant, a court heard.
Barry Rowe (24) was told by the driver of the stolen car to run so he and his friends abandoned the vehicle and ran away from gardai.
Rowe admitted his reaction was "silly".
The defendant, of Kilbride Grove in Bray, admitted the offence before Dun Laoghaire District Court.
The incident took place at Cedar Court in Ballybrack on February 14, 2011.
The court heard that his life was "out of control" at the time of the incident.
He had kidney problems as a child and was on dialysis.
He received a kidney transplant in January, and is on medication and attending regular doctors' appointments.
Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin ordered Rowe to pay €300 to the victim and said she would strike out the charge.
Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said gardai were on mobile patrol after 1am when they spotted the car, with four men in it.
Sgt McCann said the car took off at speed, turning onto Wyattville Road before stopping at Holly Court.
Four men jumped from the vehicle and Rowe was pursued by gardai and arrested at Cedar Court.
The court heard that Rowe had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Brendan Moloney said the defendant, a sheet metalworker, only realised when he got into the car that it was stolen.