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Motorist failed to stop for gardai before driving dangerously through Dundalk

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Motorist failed to stop for gardai before driving dangerously through Dundalk

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A motorist who failed to stop for gardai investigating a report of a car being driven erratically, and took off at speed - driving dangerously through the town, heading northwards, had beeped at pedestrians to get out of his way, Dundalk district court heard last week.

Dean Carolan with an address at Clos na Manach, Carlingford was prosecuted for drink driving and four counts of dangerous driving arising out of the incident on November 18th last year.

Sgt. Fintan McGroder told the court last Wedesday that gardai had received a report of a Volkswagen Bora being driven erratically in the Ramparts area of Dundalk around 3am, and on seeing gardai on River Lane, the accused sped off towards Park Street.

He drove through a red light there – beeping the car horn at pedestrians to get out of his way and drove down the Long Walk, onto Church Street, and Bridge Street and out the Newry Road and drove at one point on the wrong side of the road.

He turned at high speed onto the Inner relief Road, jamming the brakes a number of times – forcing the gardai to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

The accused then drove towards the Ballymac roundabout before driving the wrong way around the roundabout at Lower Faughart.

The court heard Dean Carolan again jammed his brakes causing the patrol car to collide with the back of his car – sending it into a spin. He attempted to flee but gardai broke the window and took the key from the ignition.

The defence barrister said his client had no previous convictions – and has not come to Garda attention before or since the incident and urged the court to order a Probation report so his client’s likelihood of re-offending could be assessed.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan ordered the preparation of the report and adjourned the case to the fourth of December.