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Thursday 8 December 2016

Car chase boy 'had no regard for road users'

The teenager reached the N2 and crossed several lanes
The teenager reached the N2 and crossed several lanes "without regard for other road users" said Gda Phelan. Stock Picture

A 16-year-old boy speeding in a stolen car had to be "boxed in" by garda vehicles on the M50 before he was arrested.

He pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to unlawfully using a stolen car on March 17 last. He also admitted six counts of dangerous driving as well as not having a licence or motor insurance.

Garda Canice Phelan told Judge Timothy Lucey he had been on patrol in the Blanchardstown area when gardai spotted two cars travelling on the wrong side of the road in Clonee.

Speeding

Gardai took up pursuit at which time the two cars split up. The court heard the boy drove at speed through another roundabout on the wrong side. He sped through a red light forcing a taxi to take "evasive action".

The teenager reached the N2 and crossed several lanes "without regard for other road users" said Gda Phelan.

As he reached the M50 toll bridge he was "boxed in", arrested and taken to Blanchardstown Garda station.

Gda Phelan agreed with the defence that property in the car was untouched and the teenager had no prior convictions.

Judge Lucey adjourned sentencing and mitigation pleas from the defence until a date in November. He also ordered the preparation of a probation report on the youth.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail.

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