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Sunday 4 December 2016

Driver in head-on crash was on sedatives

A DANGEROUS driver who crashed into another car while speeding away from gardai on the wrong side of the road was on sedative tablets at the time, a court heard.

Patrick Wall (29) struck the other car, which was written off but nobody was injured.

Wall, of Drumcairn Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving, as well as uninsured driving and failing to remain at the scene.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report at Dublin District Court.

Garda Brendan Fitzpatrick said the incident happened in Darndale on August 8, 2014 at 1.50pm.

Wall "took off at high speed" on the Link Road.

Motorists were forced to swerve out of his path as he crossed to the wrong side of the road, failed to stop at Priorswood Road and proceeded through two sets of bollards.

Wall drove the wrong way down the Malahide Road dual carriageway, forcing a number of motorists to swerve.

He collided with another motorist at high speed. The driver was not injured but was "fairly shook up" and the car was written off.

Wall abandoned his car in a cul de sac and was caught after a chase.

The accused was on prescribed benzodiazepines for anxiety. He had split from his wife at the time.

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