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Children’s Court Dublin teen held in custody after allegedly attempting to ram Garda patrol van and car

The boy, 17, was charged with 15 offences on the M50 motorway and around the Blanchardstown and Mulhuddart areas on Jan. 23 last

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Dublin Children's Court

Dublin Children's Court

Dublin Children's Court

A Dublin youth accused of endangering the lives of gardai and other motorists by attempting to ram a patrol van and a squad car during a traffic pursuit in Dublin has been held in custody.

The boy, 17, was charged with 15 offences on the M50 motorway and around the Blanchardstown and Mulhuddart areas on Jan. 23 last.

He is accused of risking Garda lives by driving in the wrong direction on the M50, and attempting to drive at their patrol car on Jan. 23 last. He was also accused of endangering the lives of other gardai by attempting to drive at a patrol van at Damastown.

He faces two more charges of endangering life of other road users by forcing on-coming traffic to take evasive action as he allegedly drove on the wrong side of the M50 and also on the N3 road.

The boy was also charged with eight counts of dangerous driving at various stretches of road: the Finglas section of the M50, the R108 Ballymun, the M50 junction 4 interchange, junction 3 on the N3 in Blanchardstown, at Sheephill Park, Corduff Road, Castlecurrough Heath, and on the Blanchardstown Road north.

He also has charges for driving without a licence or insurance, and causing criminal damage to the garda van at Damastown. He was aged 16 at the time of the alleged incident.

He appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court.

Judge Toale remanded him in custody.

The teen will appear again later this month. A preliminary hearing has to take place to determine if the case should be dealt with at Children’s Court level or instead go forward to the Circuit Court which can impose lengthier sentences.

He cannot be identified because he is a minor.

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