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Dad-of-three Daniel Danilowicz admitted dangerous driving

Dad-of-three Daniel Danilowicz admitted dangerous driving

Dad-of-three Daniel Danilowicz admitted dangerous driving

A biker who drove dangerously through a gap between two gardai at a checkpoint has been jailed and banned from the road.

Daniel Danilowicz (27) was followed by gardai who had activated the blue lights and sirens on a patrol car and he led them to his home.

Judge John Cheatle sentenced him to four months in prison and banned him from driving for four years.

Danilowicz, of Tara Cove, Balbriggan, admitted driving without insurance and dangerous driving on Dublin Road, Balbriggan, when he appeared before Swords District Court.

Gda Damien O'Reilly said he was operating a checkpoint shortly after 11pm on May 30 when a motorbike approached.

The rider, Danilowicz, slowed down as he came nearer.

Gda O'Reilly said he signalled for him to pull in, but he suddenly sped up, driving through a narrow gap between two officers.

Stupidity

Gda O'Reilly said he activated the blue lights and sirens on the patrol car and followed the bike along Harry Reynolds Road and into a driveway at Tara Cove, where he asked to see Danilowicz's insurance documents.

The court heard the defendant had five previous convictions for uninsured driving. Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Danilowicz, a father- of- three, had "no good excuse" for his behaviour, other than it was "pure stupidity".

She asked the judge to give her client "one last chance", saying he was worried about his children and a prison sentence would have a devastating impact on them.

Ms D'Arcy also said Danilowicz had learned his lesson, even if it was at this late stage.

However, Judge Cheatle imposed a four-month sentence, saying the defendant had a poor record and had put gardai in danger.

Danilowicz immediately appealed against the sentence.


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