Warning to teen as car hits Cowen garda escort

Tom Tuite

A 16-year-old boy -- who was a drunk passenger in a stolen car which crashed into a garda vehicle escorting former Taoiseach Brian Cowen -- has been warned by a judge that he must quit abusing alcohol.

Two detectives, who were uninjured in the collision in Dublin, were following the Taoiseach's official car as Mr Cowen was being driven home from a late Cabinet meeting on November 18 last year.

The boy had pleaded guilty earlier at the Dublin Children's Court to travelling as a passenger in a stolen vehicle.

Garda Cathal McNamara had told the court that a car had been stolen and collided with a garda vehicle at St John's Road West, in Dublin.

The stolen car was abandoned 15 minutes later following a pursuit and "a number incidents of incidents of dangerous driving". Sentencing was adjourned until June.

A 17-year-old boy, who denies being the driver of the car, is currently awaiting trial.