Limerick youth took sleeping mum's car in late-night pursuit


Limerick youth took sleeping mum's car in late-night pursuit

Solicitor Ted McCarthy: client is finding life ‘difficult’ as an adult

A YOUNG man who performed a u-turn and ‘took off’ as he approached a garda checkpoint has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

Gary Moloney, aged 19, of South Claughan Road, Garryowen pleaded guilty guilty to multiple road traffic charges – including dangerous driving and driving without insurance – relating to an incident during the early hours of November 2, 2014.

Limerick District Court was told the defendant, who was a juvenile at the time, ‘panicked’ when he approached the checkpoint on the Dublin Road at around 3.45am.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said Moloney, who was driving his mother’s car, was pursued at high speed in-and-around the Garryowen / St Patrick’s Road area of the city.

He failed to stop for gardai and at one stage he broke a red light and also collided with a number of parked cars.

The defendant, who was disqualified from driving at the time of the offence, was not apprehended on the night as he jumped over a wall and fled on foot after stopping the English-registered car near his home.

He made admissions when arrested some time later.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client, who has had a difficult upbringing, had decided to take his mother’s car earlier in the night while she was asleep “off his own bat”.

He said Moloney, who was seriously injured in a shooting incident last year, has abused prescription tablets in the past and that he is finding life as an adult ‘difficult’.

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed prison sentences totalling six months and she also disqualified the teenager from driving for ten years.

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