No jail for criminal who drove car onto bonfire before assaulting three gardai

No jail for criminal who drove car onto bonfire before assaulting three gardai

A man who drove a car onto a bonfire at Halloween while drunk and then assaulted three gardaí has been given a chance to overcome his drug addiction by a judge.

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.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen Toyota Avensis, a stolen PSV certificate, Irish driving license and insurance certificate and unlawful possession of a stun gun all at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght on November 24, 2014.

Judge Patricia Ryan applied a probation bond on McKevitt, saying he had to continue working with probation officers and undergo drug rehabilitation and employment training. She ordered him to return before the court on July 1 2016.

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

Garda Michael Creegan told Monica Leech BL, prosecuting, that his colleague Garda Micheal O’Sullivan arrived at a bonfire scene 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.

At a hearing in May Libby Charlton BL, defending, told Judge 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.

Garda Kevin Bowman said he caught McKevitt and Daly on November 24, 2014 sitting in a taxi that had been reported hijacked from a taxi driver the previous morning.

He told Elizabeth Mullins BL, prosecuting, that McKevitt told him he'd seen the car advertised by someone three days before.

Gardai found the other stolen items and the stun gun at Daly's house, where McKevitt had been staying at the time.