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Speeding driver tried to headbutt garda

THIS is the speeding motorist who forced a pedestrian to jump out of his way as he rounded a corner on screeching tyres.

Stephen Kennedy (32) begged a judge not to put him off the road, saying he needs his driving licence so he can bring his 10-month-old daughter to the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf.

Judge David McHugh fined Kennedy €500 and imposed a mandatory two-year driving ban.

The defendant, of Belcamp Grove in Priorswood, was found guilty before Blanchardstown District Court of dangerous driving.

Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he was on routine mobile patrol on Cardiffsbridge Road in Finglas shortly after 10pm on July 24 last when a Honda Civic came around a corner at speed and onto Deanstown Avenue.



Gda Geraghty said he indicated for the driver to stop but Kennedy failed to do so, driving over the speed bumps on Deanstown Avenue at speed.

The garda said Kennedy nearly collided with a pedestrian who was crossing Deanstown Road, forcing the pedestrian to jump out of the way.

The court heard Kennedy tried to overtake a number of vehicles on Ratoath Avenue but he was held up by parked cars.

Gda Geraghty activated his car's blue lights and siren and Kennedy pulled over.

The court heard that Kennedy was uncooperative and had to be physically restrained by officers.

He also lunged at a garda and tried to headbutt him.

In his evidence, Kennedy denied his driving was dangerous, though he admitted he might have been going "a little fast".

He also claimed he didn't stop for gardai because he did not realise he was being directed to pull over.

Finding him guilty, Judge McHugh said he had no doubt Kennedy's driving was dangerous.

The court heard Kennedy has 28 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.