Teenager rammed garda car in high-speed Dublin chase, court hears

Teenager rammed garda car in high-speed Dublin chase, court hears

A 16-year-old boy is facing trial accused of ramming a garda car following a high-speed pursuit in Dublin.

The teen, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with five counts of dangerous driving at Kilworth Road and Benbulben Road in Crumlin on January 4 last.

He also has charges for driving without a licence or insurance, giving a false name and criminal damage to a garda car on the same date.

In an outline of the evidence to decide jurisdiction, Garda Sergeant Brendan O'Halloran told Judge John O'Connor that the teen drove "through red lights and a roundabout on the wrong side of the road".

It was alleged he purposely drove at a garda patrol car and collided with it causing €1,000 worth of damage.

He made no reply when charged.

Judge O'Connor accepted jurisdiction and ordered the boy, who was accompanied to the hearing by his mother and his barrister, to appear again in two weeks. He will be expected to enter a plea at the next hearing. 

He also has other charges for possessing three stolen bicycles and had failed to turn up for an earlier scheduled court appearance.

Judge O'Connor stressed that he risked ending up on remand in custody until the end of the proceedings if that happened again.

The teenager spoke once saying "yeah" in reply the warning.