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Daniel Cowley told gardaí: “I’m sorry for causing any danger.”

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AN OFF-road biker who failed to stop for gardaí and then led them on a high-speed chase through rural north Dublin has described his decision to flee as “the worst of his life”.

Daniel Cowley (28) only stopped when he misjudged a turn in the road, skidded and crashed into a ditch.

Judge Marie Conneely fined Cowley €1,000 and imposed a two-year driving ban.

The defendant, of Highfield Lawn in Swords, admitted dangerous driving and uninsured driving on April 11, 2021.

Garda Fergus Garvey told Swords District Court that gardaí were on patrol in the Rivermeade area of St Margaret’s when they came across two off-road motorbikes in a residential area.

Gda Garvey said one of the bikes immediately took off on seeing gardaí.

The second bike, driven by Cowley, was also directed to stop. He completed two loops of the residential area before he too took off.

Gda Garvey said Cowley travelled along the R122 in the direction of Rolestown, going at speeds of 100kmh in a 80kmh zone.

He braked heavily when coming to a stop sign, skidding the bike and passing through the junction.

Gda Garvey said Cowley continued to brake heavily, and overtook two cars near Kilsallaghan, causing the vehicles to take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Cowley turned into Kilreesk Lane at speed. He misjudged the road, and hit a ditch, the garda said.

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Gda Garvey demanded Cowley’s insurance and in response he said: “I’m sorry for causing any danger.”

The court heard Cowley had no previous convictions.

Cowley’s defence lawyer said her client was very remorseful of his behaviour and this incident was “a moment of madness” from a previously law-abiding individual.

Cowley initially hesitated when gardaí directed him to stop, but he made a split second decision to flee, and got “caught up in the panic”.

Cowley described his decision to flee from gardaí as “the worst of his life”, she said.

Cowley worked as a manager on a building site, and a driving ban would result in him losing his job, the court heard.

Imposing a two-year driving ban, Judge Conneely said Cowley may have made a split second decision to leave the scene but he continued travelling for some time.

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