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Thug who brought gardai on high speed chase and ploughed into elderly woman's car avoids jail

Thug who brought gardai on high speed chase and ploughed into elderly woman's car avoids jail

A Dublin man who engaged in a high-speed garda chase before crashing into a car occupied by an elderly woman has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Daniel Martin (26) of Manorsfield Road, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving and recklessly causing a risk of serious harm by colliding with another car at Stonemasons Way, Ballinteer, Co Dublin on June 2, 2014.

Sentencing him today, Judge Karen O'Connor said it was lucky no-one was seriously injured in the incident.

She said Martin was spotted by gardaí driving at speeds of around 150km/h around 10pm on the night of the incident. Gardaí initiated a pursuit and Martin sped up to over 200km/h, the court heard.

The garda helicopter joined the scene, before Martin veered across the road and collided head-on with a car containing an elderly woman. She was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“She luckily didn't sustain any serious injuries, but it would have been a terrible shock for her,” the judge said, adding, “It was only through good fortune no one was seriously injured by (Martin's) behaviour”.

The judge noted Martin, who has eight previous convictions for road traffic offences, had “panicked” on the night in question and was remorseful for his actions.

She handed down a suspended 18-month sentence and ordered he carry out 200 hours of community service. She also disqualified him from driving for two years