Speeds reached 140kmph during County Limerick garda chase

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Gardai arrested a young man following a high speed chase in County Limerick that reached 140kmph, Kilmallock Court Heard

Gardai arrested a young man following a high speed chase in County Limerick that reached 140kmph, Kilmallock Court Heard

GARDAI arrested a young man following a high speed chase in County Limerick that reached 140kmph, Kilmallock Court Heard.

Judge Marie Keane sentenced Craig Ryan, aged 19, of Moymore, Pallasgreen to five months in prison and disqualified him from driving for eight years.

“That man should never have a licence,” said Judge Keane.

Acting Bruff Superintendent, Inspector Dermot O’Connor said at 1.15am on August 18, 2016, Garda David Higgins was on mobile patrol at Brooks Bridge, near Pallasgreen, on the N24.

“He knew the defendant and knew he didn’t have insurance. He put the sirens on but the defendant drove off at speed. He crossed the white line, cut corners and reached speeds of 140kms to evade gardai,” said Insp O’Connor.

Ryan drove through Oola village at 100kms, said the inspector.

“He was held up by another vehicle. Gardai demanded documents. The vehicle was seized by gardai,” said Insp O’Connor, who added that Ryan had 19 previous convictions including 10 no insurance and one for dangerous driving.

Erin O’Hagan BL, who represented Ryan, said it is quite an old matter going back to 2016.

“He is 19. He is very young to have all these convictions. This was very serious - the extremely high speeds reached. He wishes to apologise.

“He got full-time employment in sand blasting. He has quite a supportive family network. He accepts he isn’t setting a great example for his younger siblings. If he ever gets insurance again it will be astronomical. He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity,” said Ms O’Hagan.  

Judge Keane said Ryan had no regard for road traffic laws.

“He is a danger to himself and other road users. Oola is a village with persons on the public street. He continues to ignore his obligations to have insurance. I can’t ignore it,” said Judge Keane.

She fined Ryan €200 and disqualified Ryan from driving for two years on both of the dangerous driving charges at Brooks Bridge and Oola. For the no insurance, Judge Keane put him off the road for eight years and sentenced him to five months in prison.

Recognaissance was fixed in the event of an appeal.