Michael O’Leary, 2 St Matthew's Park, Ballymahon, Co Longford was convicted of dangerous driving at Lillybrook, Castlebaldwin on October 5, 2013 and given a five month sentence, suspended for two years.
Giving evidence Insp Ray Mulderrig told Carrick District Court that Gardaí observed a vehicle driven by the defendant at Ballymote, Castlebaldwin. Enquiries revealed that the vehicle was stolen.
Gardaí pursued the vehicle which travelled at high speed towards Boyle, with the emergency lights activated throughout the pursuit. The court heard at one point the defendant reversed the vehicle he was driving, making contact with the Garda car in an effort to escape.
The pursuit continued with the defendant driving at speeds in excess of 150km/h and was observed overtaking a number of vehicles at this speed before he was apprehended.
Ms Henry BL entered a plea on behalf of the defendant saying, “He is anxious to link in with the Fr Peter McVerry Trust.” She added that the defendant, who appeared in custody in relation to other matters, “is a trusted inmate in prison.”
Having heard the evidence in relation to the defendant, who the court heard has a total of 180 previous convictions, Judge Kevin P Kilrane said, “I don’t need a probation report. This is a very serious offence.”
Judge Kilrane imposed a conviction and a five month prison sentence which was suspended for a period of two years. Mr O’Leary was also disqualified from driving for five years.