By Andrew Phelan

A TEENAGER has admitted to being a passenger in a stolen Eircom van that rammed a garda patrol vehicle and other cars during a road rampage in south Dublin.

Jamie Lee Ratcliffe (18) had been out drinking with a friend in the city centre when she accepted a lift in the van with people she had just met.

Dublin District Court heard she asked the driver to stop, but the van went on to be driven dangerously and crashed into several cars, only coming to a halt when it lost a wheel.

Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned sentencing for a restorative justice report.


The defendant, a mother of one from Drumcairn Drive, Tallaght, admitted to unauthorised carriage in a vehicle last February 19.

Several other people including the alleged driver have also been charged.

A garda sergeant said the van was stolen in South Great George's Street and driven in a dangerous manner, colliding with a garda car and a number of other vehicles.

It came to a halt in Ranelagh Road, only after a wheel came off and it could go no further.

Ratcliffe was drinking with friends in Temple Bar and had "quite a bit of alcohol".

The court heard she had nothing to do with the taking of the van but got into it.

Defence solicitor Michael O'Connor said Ratcliffe only realised there was something wrong when the sirens were heard behind them.