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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dad's high-speed chase with young son in car

Andrew Cullen
Andrew Cullen

A MAN who drove in a dangerous and erratic manner through several housing estates with his young son in the back seat has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Andrew Cullen was found guilty at Blanchardstown District Court of eight counts of dangerous driving and has been disqualified for two years.

Cullen would not stop for gardai and only came to a halt when he nearly crashed into another car.

Cullen (43) of Ballyglass Crescent in Finglas had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of dangerous driving through housing estates in Finglas on June 10, 2014.

Garda David Maher said it was the "worst pursuit" he was involved in and that Cullen continued driving dangerously for around 10 minutes.

He said that at around 4.30pm he observed Cullen drive off at speed through Sycamore Road, failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing.

He said Cullen continued to drive in a dangerous manner through further residential areas where children were playing on a green.

He said Cullen stopped when he narrowly missed a BMW car. When Gda Maher approached the car and arrested Cullen, he told him "I was just messing."

Cullen denied he was speeding and denied driving dangerously as he had his son in the car. He said he didn't know gardai were behind him.

"I don't concentrate on what's behind me. I didn't hear the sirens," he said.

Judge David McHugh said he was satisfied with Gda Maher's evidence and convicted Cullen of the offences.

Cullen, who has 19 previous convictions including a number of road traffic convictions, has worked as a roofer but is currently unemployed.

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