Dublin man jailed for dramatic high-speed chase with Gardai in stolen car

Chase: The court heard Hogan wrote the stolen car and another vehicle off
Chase: The court heard Hogan wrote the stolen car and another vehicle off

A man who drove a stolen car through red lights and up on to footpaths in a high speed chase has been jailed for three years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Glen Hogan (25) has eight previous convictions for stealing cars.

Judge Patrick McCartan suspended the last year of a four year prison term on condition that Hogan, who has a drug addiction, remains drug free and keeps the peace. Judge McCartan also banned Hogan from driving for ten years

Hogan of Thomas Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of driving a stolen car, two for dangerous driving and one for driving under the influence of an intoxicant at St Johns Road West and Concolbert Road, Dublin city on February 2, 2014.

Garda Laura McCartney told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that she was in a patrol car when she saw a Mitsubishi Pajero jeep, being driven by Hogan, breaking a red light.

Gardaí signalled for the jeep to stop and Hogan slowed down but then took off at speed onto the Dublin city quays. The car mounted a footpath to avoid other vehicles, broke another red light and narrowly missed oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

At one stage Hogan was driving at twice the speed limit in a 60 kph zone and was weaving in and out of traffic. The vehicle broke another red light causing traffic to break suddenly.

Hogan drove the jeep at speed in a built up residential area and on the opposite side of the road in order to overtake slower vehicles. After breaking another set of red lights the jeep collided with a BMW, writing both vehicles off.

Hogan has 71 previous convictions, including one for unlawful sale or supply of drugs. He received a six year prison sentence in 2008 after he was convicted of assault causing harm.

Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said that her client was out of control on drugs at the time but he believes he can improve with the help of a residential treatment programme. She said there was an offer of assistance with a residential drug treatment programme through the Peter McVerry Trust.

Judge McCartan backdated the jail sentence to start in August, 2014, when Hogan was charged.

Declan Brennan