Dublin teen in stolen car drove on wrong side of motorway during garda pursuit, court hears


A DUBLIN youth in a stolen car led gardai on a pursuit on the wrong side of a motorway and smashed through toll barrier, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old boy had been arrested following a chase which began in Boyle, Co. Roscommon and came to a halt in west Dublin on March 14 last.

The youth is charged with burglary, motor theft, dangerous driving at Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath, Clonard and Enfield in Co. Meath, and at Moyvalley in Co. Kildare.

He also has a charge for causing criminal damage to a garda car in Lucan in Dublin, in connection with the same incident.

In an outline of the evidence, Garda Eoin Brehony told the Dublin Children’s Court that a car was stolen following a house burglary in Boyle. It was alleged the car was driven back to Dublin on the N4 and M4.

Gardai in Mullingar intercepted it and attempted to stop it at Kinnegad. At one stage the teenager drove on the wrong side of the M4 and he lost the gardai pursuit. The car was picked up again at 5am in the Kinnegad area and drove on to Clonard and Enfield.

It was alleged the driver failed to stop at the M4 plaza and drove through one of the barriers. Gardai had to deploy a stinger device to stop the car, the court heard.

Judge John O’Connor accepted jurisdiction for the case to remain in the juvenile court.

The youth was remanded on bail to appear again in six weeks when he will be expected to enter a plea the charges.

The court heard there “would be a considerable amount of disclosure” in relation to the evidence which the defence are to examine. The teenager made no reply when charged, the court heard.

The youth also faces other unconnected charges for driving without a licence or insurance on two other dates.