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Caught rapid Speeding courier led gardaí on car chase as he thought life was under threat

The chase of over 20km in north county Dublin involved 10 garda vehicles as well as the Air Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit, a court heard.

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A COURIER who led gardaí on a high-speed pursuit through north county Dublin thought his life was under threat, a court has heard.

Robert Byrne (27) was banned from driving, and had been suffering from paranoia following the break-up of a relationship and his drug use.

The chase of over 20km in north county Dublin involved 10 garda vehicles as well as the Air Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit, a court heard.

Judge Cephas Power ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to September.

As part of strict bail conditions, Byrne was ordered not to drive a car.

The defendant, of Marigold Grove in Darndale, Dublin, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence as well as counts of dangerous driving on June 9 last year.

Garda Oisin Finnegan told Swords District Court that gardaí received reports of an Audi A4 driving through Ballyboughal. The car headed in the direction of the R132 Swords Road, gradually picking up speed.

Gardaí activated the lights and siren and signalled the vehicle to stop, but it failed to do so, driving through a red light at a roundabout at Junction 4 on the M1, and heading southbound at speeds of 180kmh.

Gda Finnegan said the driver continuously changed lanes on the M1 to pass out other vehicles.

The driver took the Coolock exit off the M1, heading in the direction of Belcamp Avenue before crossing a green area and coming to a stop.

There was a short chase on foot and Byrne was apprehended.

Gda Finnegan said officers were in pursuit of Byrne for 20km, and the pursuit involved 10 garda cars, the Air Support Unit and dog unit.

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Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Byrne's mental health was not great and at the time he believed his life was under threat and he was being chased.

She said Byrne's relationship broke up two years ago, and since then he had suffered with paranoia and anti-social personality disorder.

He was paranoid, suffered panic attacks and his drug use didn't help him, she said.

Byrne had a young son and was very concerned he would not come to be in any danger.

Ms Flannery said Byrne had been better in the last year and would benefit from working with the probation service.

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