Car rampage teen sentenced
A TEENAGER, who tried to ram gardai with a high powered 4X4 during a driving rampage in Dublin, has been given a four-month sentence and a six-year road ban.
The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to motor theft, dangerous driving and endangerment of life charges in connection with the incident on the afternoon November 1 last.
Judge John O'Connor imposed a detention-supervision order meaning the boy will be detained for four months and then will be under post-release supervision by the Probation Service for the following four months.
Garda Vincent Turley told Judge O'Connor that the teen was spotted driving a stolen Jeep in Gormanstown Co. Meath. The teenager sped off towards Balbriggan in north Co. Dublin and failed to stop for gardai.
At one stage gardai lost track of the boy who was spotted again less than an hour later when he turned into a cul-de-sac. He performed a u-turn and garda cars tried to block him at which point the teenager drove straight at them.
Gardai reacted quickly and narrowly averted a collision and the teenager sped off again breaking speed limits. He collided with a parked car and put the 4X4 into reverse and attempted to ram garda vehicles again.
The teen drove across a green in Balbriggan and began driving on the wrong side of the road after he passed Castlemill Shopping Centre. He failed stop at a junction, drove across another green and went up a pedestrian lane leading to the beach at Balbriggan.
The teen crashed through perimeter fencing and tore up a newly planted green and smashed through the fence on the other side before he collided with a wall where he abandoned the Jeep.
The boy also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in which he entered the home of a man in his 60s without permission.
The teenager also admitted unlawfully trying to get into a motor vehicle on a date last September, stealing another car on October 10 last and theft of a bicycle just over a week later.
The judge was furnished with probation reports on the boy, who was accompanied to court by his lawyer and parents. The court was told the is out of school since last year and had no prior criminal convictions. He and his family had wanted the case finalised.