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Young mum wrote off car

A YOUNG driver "panicked" when a garda car came up behind her on a country road and crashed on a dangerous bend after speeding off, a court heard.

Danielle Rooney (22) had drunk a can of beer and thought she was going to be arrested for drunken driving.

Judge John Lindsay banned Rooney from driving for one year.

Rooney, of Kilmartin Park, Tallaght, admitted dangerous driving when she appeared at Tallaght District Court.

The incident took place at Bohernabreena Road and Old Bawn Road, Tallaght, around 11pm on September 22 last year.

Rooney has a three-year-old child and is a stay-at-home mother. Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said Rooney drove off at 100kph in a 60kph zone and crashed on a dangerous bend.

The car was a write-off after the crash.

Pregnant girl stole buggy

A TEENAGE girl who stole a designer baby buggy weeks before she was due to give birth has been spared a conviction.

The 16-year-old girl admitted stealing a sports buggy worth €500 from a house in Clonskeagh, south Dublin, on February 23.

Garda Deirdre Geoghegan told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court she found the teenager looking distressed as she was pushing the empty buggy.

The judge heard the girl, from Romania, gave birth a few weeks later and hopes to return to school.

The judge applied the Probation Act.

Student tried ban cover-up

A STUDENT who produced a false document in a bid to get cheaper car insurance said he didn't realise he had committed a serious offence.

David O'Malley (28), of Hazelwood, Northwood Demesne, in Santry, was previously banned from driving for four years but he tried to hide the disqualification when he went to renew his insurance.

Judge Clare Leonard accepted that it was a mistake and struck out the charge.