A RESTAURANT manager whose car ended up in a basement following dramatic early-morning collision has been disqualified from driving for two years.
Ross Treacy, aged 27, of Eden Court, North Circular Road faced a number of charges relating to an accident at the junction of Mallow Street and Catherine Street on the morning of on February 15, 2013.
Limerick District Court was told that two off-duty gardai were travelling home in a silver Volkswagen Golf having finished the night shift when they were in collision with a red Renault Laguna being driven by the defendant.
Forensic Collision investigator, Garda Michael Reddy, said both cars spun following the impact and that the Laguna then crashed through the railing of a Georgian building and ended up on its nose in the basement.
Garda Reddy said both cars were extensively damaged but that he did not believe speed was a major factor in the collision.
“The primary cause was the failure of the Laguna to observe a stop sign,” he said.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant had worked late the previous night and was driving home with a colleague following an all-night party when the collision happened.
CCTV footage of the incident shows the car being driven by Mr Treacy, on Catherine Street, made no attempt to stop as it approached the junction with Mallow Street.
While he admitted the Road Traffic Offences, the defendant denied “intentionally or recklessly” engaging in conduct which caused substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.
Rejecting submissions from solicitor Adrian Frawley, Judge O’Kelly said he believed the actions of the defendant on the morning had been reckless.
He said the gardai had the right of way and if Mr treacy had stopped the accident would not have happened.
Convicting him of the endangerment charge, he disqualified him from driving for two years and imposed fines totalling €1,300.