Garda had to ‘jump in ditch to avoid SUV’ in Limerick chase

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Garda had to ‘jump in ditch to avoid SUV’ in Limerick chase
A YOUNG man who faces multiple charges in connection with a high-speed pursuit during which several gardai were injured and a number of garda patrol cars damaged has been ordered to stay out of Limerick pending the conclusion of the case against him.

A YOUNG man who faces multiple charges in connection with a high-speed pursuit during which several gardai were injured and a number of garda patrol cars damaged has been ordered to stay out of Limerick pending the conclusion of the case against him.

Michael Harty, aged 21, who has an address at William Street Lower, Nenagh, is charged under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act with “intentionally or recklessly” engaging in conduct, which created a “substantial risk of death or serious harm” to Garda Tim O’Connor at Fanningstown, Adare on October 30 last.

It is alleged that while Garda O’Connor was attempting to stop the Chevrolet SUV which Harty was allegedly driving that he deliberately drove at the garda and tried to knock him down, forcing him to jump into a ditch. Sergeant Padraig Sutton of Roxboro Road garda station told Limerick Court when he formally charged the defendant with endangerment he made no reply to the charge.

He said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident and that further charges may be brought.

Harty, who is originally from Limerick city, is also charged with dangerous driving at Rienroe, Adare on the same date.

It is alleged that at that location he rammed a garda patrol car, which was attempting to stop him.

Sgt Sutton said there was no objection to bail on condition the defendant obeys a number of strict conditions.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly directed that €2,500 be lodged with the court by an independent surety as a condition of bail.

When released, Harty must live at his address in Nenagh and he was ordered to obey a nightly curfew between 10pm and 6am.

He must sign on daily at Nenagh garda station and he was ordered to stay out of Limerick except when attending court hearings or consultations with his solicitor Sarah Ryan.

Noting that Mr Harty is currently disqualified from driving, Judge O’Kelly said he would not make it a condition of his bail that he not drive.

The alleged offences are connected to a dramatic pursuit which began in Limerick city shortly before midnight on October 30, last.

Gardai were alarted after a vehicle was observed driving at speed through a red light at the junction of O’Connell Avenue and Wolfe Tone Street.

Gardai then pursued the vehicle along O’Curry Street and onto the Dock Road before leaving the city environs and passing through Mungret, and Clarina villages and the outskirts of Adare.

Up to eight garda patrol cars from a number of different garda stations were deployed in an attempt to stop the vehicle and assistance was also provided by members of the armed Regional Support Unit.

It is understood that at one point during the pursuit a garda stinger device was deployed but that it failed to stop the vehicle.

A number of garda patrol cars were damaged after they were rammed during the pursuit with of one of them being badly damaged after it was rammed against a concrete wall.

Three gardai required hospital treatment following the incident but none of them sustained serious injuries.

A number of people who were in the suspect vehicle were arrested when it was eventually stopped near Croom.

They were taken to Roxboro Road garda station for questioning following which four of the occupants were released without charge.

Gardai say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.