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Banned Tallaght driver told garda 'you're not getting my blood, you can get f****d'

Keith Chrystal (33) tried to headbutt a garda after he was arrested

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Eimear Cotter

An uninsured driver tried to headbutt a garda after he was arrested attempting to flee a garda check on a busy road, a court has heard.

Keith Chrystal (33) told gardaí "you're not getting any of my blood, you can get f*cked".

Judge Gerard Jones imposed a one-month sentence and disqualified Chrystal from driving for 10 years.

The defendant, of Glenshane Grove in Tallaght, admitted failing to provide a sample to gardaí and uninsured driving on December 13, 2020.

Garda Andrew McLoughlin told Blanchardstown District Court he was on patrol on the N3 in Blanchardstown when he stopped Chrystal in a 2007-registered vehicle.

Gda McLoughlin said Chrystal gave inconsistent details and was arrested. He resisted arrest and became violent towards gardaí.

The garda said Chrystal fled when gardaí tried to speak to him, running down the N3 in bad weather before he was caught.

He then tried to headbutt the garda filling out the custody record in the station and told gardaí they were not getting his blood.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Chrystal, a father of three, was released from prison in 2019 but still had difficulties with drugs.

On this night he had a slip and behaved inappropriately, but had been sober since.

Chrystal accepted he had been driving while banned, but was now working full-time and trying to stay out of trouble, Mr Fleming added.

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