A YOUNG man who “nearly killed” two gardai while fleeing from a shooting incident on Thomond Bridge was fined €500 and disqualified from driving for two years.
Owen Treacy, aged 19, who has an address at Gillogue, Clonlara was convicted, in his absence, of two counts of dangerous driving relating to an incident which happened on January 13, last.
Garda Tony Miniter of the divisional traffic corps told Limerick District Court that he and a colleague were travelling to St Mary’s Park in a marked patrol car at around 10.40pm after a city-wide alert went out that two cars had been seen entering the estate at speed following an incident on Thomond Bridge a short time earlier.
As they were entering St Mary’s Park from Island Road they encountered a silver BMW 520 - being driven by Treacy - approaching on the wrong side of the road.
He said his quick reactions ensured there was no collision and he described the defendant’s driving as extremely dangerous given the poor weather conditions on the night.
Garda Miniter said the BMW was being pursued by another car - a silver Toyota Avensis - and that he then turned around and followed both vehicles along Island Road.
The Avensis, he said, pulled in almost immediately while Treacy continued driving - almost losing control of the BMW as he turned into Lee Estate where he eventually stopped.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client was “in flight” at the time has his there was a threat to his life.
Convicting the defendant, Judge McCarthy said he did not know what happened on Thomond Bridge and he commented that had he needed protection, he should have informed the gardai who he encountered as they would have had a duty to protect him from any threat.
After a bench warrant for Treacy’s arrest was executed, Judge McCarthy commented that his previous record in terms of the Road Traffic act wasn’t too bad.
Leave to appeal was granted.