A MOTORIST who was pursued by gardai at speeds of more than 200kph has been sentenced to six months in prison and disqualified from driving for ten years.
Newcastle West Court was told told Daniel Harty, 21, of Cois Ghruada, Castletroy, Limerick was arrested last September 9 following the high speed chase, which continued for more than 20 kilometres across a number of towns and villages.
Garda Martin Tierney of the divisional traffic corps said he was performing a routine speed check on the M20 at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell when he noticed a Volkswagen Passatt being driven by the accused at 189kph.
Garda Tierney said he activated the blue lights on his marked patrol car and pulled alongside the vehicle but that there was “no reaction” from the driver, who proceeded to “take off”.
At times, the court heard, the defendant drove at speeds in excess of 200kph.
Judge Mary O’Halloran was told there were a number of passengers in the car during the pursuit including a six-month-old baby, who was being carried in the front passenger seat.
Judge Mary O’Halloran disqualified Harty from driving for ten years and she sentenced him to 6 months in prison. She also imposed fines totalling €1,050.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 15, 2011