Limerick man appears in court accused of dangerous driving

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A MAN who was arrested following a high-speed pursuit across parts of Limerick city was remanded on bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with the incident this Wednesday.

A MAN who was arrested following a high-speed pursuit across parts of Limerick city was remanded on bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with the incident this Wednesday.

Gerard Manning, 32, of Greenhills Road, Garryowen was arrested when he crashed his yellow Renault Clio in the William Street area of the city shortly after 5pm last Friday.

Over a dozen gardai, including members of the armed regional response unit, were involved in the pursuit and it took several gardai to arrest Mr Manning as hundreds of people looked on.

The defendant, - a separated father of four - is charged with driving his car in a dangerous manner near Thomond Park earlier in the same evening.

According to court papers, it is alleged he was observed by gardai driving on the wrong side of the road as he approached Hassetts Cross in the car.

During a vacation sitting of Limerick District Court, Mr Manning was granted free legal aid after a statement of means was submitted to the court by solicitor Sarah Ryan.

Insp Seamus Ruane said a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident and he told the judge that directions were not yet available. He requested an adjournment of the case.

Judge John O’Neill granted the application and he remanded Gerard Manning on bail to appear before the same court again on September 7 next.