Youth drove at speeds in excess of 160kph duriing Limerick pursuit

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man, who admitted driving at speeds in excess of 160kph while being pursued by gardai was sentenced to five months in prison.

A YOUNG man, who admitted driving at speeds in excess of 160kph while being pursued by gardai was sentenced to five months in prison.

Michael Harty, 20, who has an address at Elm Park, Castletroy, pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to seven counts of dangerous driving at a number of different locations on February 1, last.

Garda Niall Deegan of the divisional traffic corps said he first encountered the blue Opel Vectra car being driven by Harty in the Monaleen area at 2.05am.

He said the defendant “took off at speed” and that the pursuit lasted for more than 10km.

The dangerous driving charges relate to offences at Sluggery, Dooradoyle, Ballyclough, Roxborough, Ballysheedy, Donoghnane and Inchmore.

In his evidence, Garda Deegan said the defendant drove at speeds in excess of 160kph and he told the court Harty drove through a number of junctions in a “highly dangerous” manner.

€300 worth of damage was caused to the front of garda patrol car when Harty attempted to ram the vehicle in an attempt to make an escape.

Garda Deegan said there were a number of passengers in the Opel Vectra and that they were “in genuine fear of their lives” during the incident.

Judge Eamon O’Brien was told Michael Harty, who was disqualified from driving at the time, was not insured on the night and that he did not have a driving licence.

He was also over the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client accepted his actions were wrong but she said he had entered an early plea and had chosen not to waste the time of gardai or the court.

Judge O’Brien imposed a five month sentence in relation to the dangerous driving offences and he disqualified Harty from driving for two years.

The prison sentence is to be served concurrently with another sentence which Harty received in relation to separate road traffic offences on May 8, last.