Jail term for riding stolen scooter across Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client is a 'young man who is easily led'
A YOUNG man who attempted to ram a garda patrol car while riding a stolen scooter during a pursuit was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

A YOUNG man who attempted to ram a garda patrol car while riding a stolen scooter during a pursuit was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Robert O’Donnell, aged 19, of Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston pleaded guilty to several road traffic charges relating to an incident on November 19, last.

Inspector Paul Reidy said the defendant was initially observed riding the red scooter at high speed in the O’Malley Park.

He said Mr O’Donnell and his passenger failed to stop for gardai and continued to Collins Avenue and onto John Carew Park, mounting several footpaths as they travelled.

He said the vehicle then entered Hyde Road, Childers Road and Rosbrien Road forcing oncoming traffic to take evasive action and narrowly missing a number of vehicles.

Limerick District Court was told during the scooter failed to stop at a stop sign and at one point passed through a red light before it was driven “straight at a patrol car” near the defendant’s home.

Insp Reidy said the pursuit lasted “between 10 and 15 minutes” and that Mr O’Donnell was arrested a short time after he abandoned the scooter.

The defendant, who has more than 20 previous convictions, was uninsured and did not have a driving licence.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client is a “young man who is very easily led” and that he “foolishly drove the scooter”.

She added that Mr O’Donnell now realises that “people may not have his best interests at heart” and that he has learned his lesson.

Imposing sentences totalling six month, Judge Mary Larkin said she has a “particular difficulty” with offences relating to stolen vehicles.

She said the defendant had driven “here, there and everywhere” and that his behaviour was unacceptable.

In addition to the prison sentences, the judge disqualified Mr O’Donnell from driving for two years.