Guilty plea after garda patrol car is rammed in County Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A DOON man who is accused of ramming a garda patrol twice car during an incident in the village last Christmas has indicated he will be pleaded guilty to some charges relating to the incident.

A DOON man who is accused of ramming a garda patrol twice car during an incident in the village last Christmas has indicated he will be pleaded guilty to some charges relating to the incident.

John Ryan, 36, of Glengar, Doon appeared before Limerick Court charged with fourteen offences under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act.

He is charged with dangerous driving at Main Street, Doon at 12.45am on December 27, last and with failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

It is alleged Ryan backed into the rear of the marked patrol car, which was parked in the area before speeding away from the area.

He is also accused of driving a green Opel Vectra without insurance, tax or a valid NCT on the same date.

In addition it is alleged that Ryan did not have a valid driving licence.

Two gardai sustained minor injuries during the incident and both required treatement at the Mid Western Regional Hospital afterwards. Both have made a full recovery since.

The Opel Vectra was found burned out in a forestry area just outside Doon during the subsequent garda investigations

When the case was called at Limerick Court, solicitor Chris Lynch, representing Ryan, indicated his client would be pleading guilty to the hit and run charges.

However, he said his client was insured on the date of the offence and he requested an adjournment to allow the documentation to be produced by his client.

Judge Eamon O’Brien granted the application and he adjourned the case unti September 19, next.

The judge noted the indication of a guilty plea in relation to the hit and run charges and he commented that he hoped Ryan “would not change his mind” in the meantime.