Man forced car onto busy Limerick roundabout during high speed pursuit by gardai

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick District Court heard the man accelerated and drove off at high speed when gardai activated the siren

Limerick District Court heard the man accelerated and drove off at high speed when gardai activated the siren

A MAN who forced another car onto the centre of a roundabout in Limerick while being pursued by gardai was convicted of multiple counts of dangerous driving.

Patrick O’Donoghue, 31, of Rhebogue Halting site, Dublin Road was prosecuted following an incident which happened on May 24, 2018.

Garda John Sheehan told Limerick District Court he was alerted to an Audi A4 being driven by the defendant after he noticed a brake light which was repeatedly flickering.

He said when he activated his blue lights and siren shortly after 10pm, the defendant accelerated and drove off at high speed.

Judge Brian O’Shea was told Mr O’Donoghue then drove at speeds up to 130km/h as he travelled on the Dublin Road and along Childers Road and Ballysimon Road.

Garda Sheehan said a number of cars were forced to take evasive action and that a red Nissan Micra was forced to drive onto the roundabout at Tipperary Road Roundabout to avoid being struck by the Audi A4 as it entered the roundabout.

The defendant was arrested after he stopped the car at Crosagalla and was subsequently charged with driving without insurance and three counts of dangerous driving under Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act.

After formally convicting Mr O’Donoghue who was not present in court, Judge O’Shea issued a bench warrant for his arrest.