A Wexford man who led gardai on a high-speed city centre chase in Dublin has been allowed out on bail to attend residential drug treatment pending sentence.
Leonard Dumbrell (26) stole the car in Ballsbridge and drove it at speed and up the wrong way on one-way streets before crashing it at Temple Bar Square.
The court heard that he almost knocked over pedestrians on O'Connell Bridge in an effort to get away from gardai.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring had remanded him in custody until sentencing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday but acceded to a request from defence counsel John Berry BL to allow him out on bail tomorrow to attend an eight-week drug treatment programme.
Dumbrell, of The Park, Clonattin Village, Gorey - but originally from Inchicore in Dublin 8 - pleaded guilty to car theft in Dublin 4 and two counts of dangerous driving in Dublin city centre on January 2, 2013.
He has 108 previous convictions including car thefts, assaulting a garda and violent disorder. The court heard he comes from a family who are well-known to gardai.
Mr Berry told Judge Ring that his client understands that he is "on the shortest of leashes" and any breach of his bail bond will result in him being remanded in prison.
He said there was a space available for Dumbrell for a four-week residential programme that will be followed up by a four-week after-care programme.
Mr Berry submitted that Dumbrell was "chaotic" at the time of the offence and that his drug problem is the "root cause" of his offending behaviour.
Lorcan Staines BL, prosecuting, said there were state objections to the application due to Dumbrell's large number of previous convictions which included a number of bench warrants.
He said Dumbrell previously absconded on his sentence date after he had been sitting in the court room earlier that day. He said he had also failed to complete a different residential drug treatment programme.
Mr Berry said his client acknowledges that he left the Victory Outreach programme but said that he now has a reason to be motivated due to a supportive partner.
He said Dumbrell has already detoxed while on remand in Cloverhill awaiting sentence.
Judge Ring remanded Dumbrell back to custody with consent to bail for tomorrow. She said he was to enter the bond before the governor.
"If he puts a foot outside the door (of the treatment centre) without their consent, gardai are to be notified, it will be a breach of bond and I will issue a warrant," Judge Ring said.
Mr Berry previously said his client, who has a young child, is a heroin addict and wants to be remanded in custody so he can start to deal with his addiction.
Counsel said he accepts Dumbrell has "a terrible record" but told Judge Ring that he will have to be let back out into society some day and a plan must be put in place for his rehabilitation.