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Man who drove head-on at patrol car pleads guilty to endangering lives of two gardai

Stephen Maughan (32) tendered guilty pleas to charges of endangerment, dangerous driving, no insurance and of having no driving licence
Stephen Maughan

Stephen Maughan

Liam Cosgrove

A man has pleaded guilty to endangering the lives of two gardai by driving head on at a garda patrol car in Co Longford four years ago.

Thirty-two-year-old Stephen Maughan, of 21 French Hall, Prospect Woods, Co Longford, appeared before Judge Keenan Johnson at Longford Circuit Criminal Court today charged with a series of road traffic offences arising out of an incident in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford on September 12, 2017.

Among them included a charge Mr Maughan drove a red Volvo 40 Series head on in the direction of a garda patrol car which contained gardai Shane Carr and Justin Brown.

Mr Maughan, wearing a green Adidas jumper and blue jeans, tendered guilty pleas to charges of endangerment, dangerous driving, no insurance and of having no driving licence.

Judge Johnson remanded Mr Maughan on bail to a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court on April 4 subject to a number of conditions.

They included an order that Mr Maughan enter into a €500 peace bond, to remain alcohol free and to sign on three times weekly at Longford garda station.

Judge Johnson also ordered the preparation of a probation report and victim impact statements.

In making those orders, Judge Johnson warned Mr Maughan he was subject to "very strict" bail terms and any breach of those conditions, he said would result in the matter being re-entered without delay.


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