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Drunk driver ploughed into bonfire, hopped out and assaulted three gardai

STOCK IMAGE: Foley Street Halloween fire
STOCK IMAGE: Foley Street Halloween fire

A man who drove a car onto a bonfire at Halloween while drunk and then assaulted three gardaí as they tried to arrest him will be sentenced later.

Darren McKevitt (26) of St Peter’s Road, Walkinstown,, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson of a car, dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without insurance and three counts of assault at Durrow Road, Crumlin on October 31, 2014.

Garda Michael Creegan told Monica Leech BL, prosecuting, that his colleague Garda Micheal O’Sullivan arrived at the scene of a bonfire and saw a jeep doing handbrake turns around it.

Then “to his horror” he saw the jeep drive onto the fire and McKevitt jumping out and running away.

Gda O’Sullivan chased McKevitt with the help of Reserve Garda Sean White. McKevitt swung a punch at Gda White, causing him to fall over and fracture his ankle. McKevitt ran past and said “take that, pig,” said Gda Creegan. 

McKevitt also assaulted Gda O’Sullivan and Gda Donal Faye before being arrested and taken to Crumlin Garda Station. A blood sample revealed he was five times over the alcohol limit for driving.

Libby Charlton BL, defending, told Judge Patricia Ryan that McKevitt’s judgement was extremely compromised by the amount of alcohol he drank.

Ms Charlton said McKevitt had drug and alcohol problems, but that he had completed a five week drug counselling course and was now drug free.

McKevitt has nine previous convictions, including one for possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Judge Ryan postponed sentencing until June 26 to allow time for the provision of urine analysis.