In brief: Fleeing driver sent to prison
A YOUNG driver who sped away from gardai through a housing estate and taking street corners on the wrong side of the road has been jailed for three months.
Joseph Brosnan (23) said he had collected his girlfriend's car from St James's Hospital and was bringing it home while she stayed overnight to be with her terminally ill granny.
The judge fined Brosnan €500, banned him from driving for seven years and sentenced him to three months in prison.
Brosnan, of Ardmore Walk in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without due care and attention and driving without insurance on August 14.
Girl accused of bottle attack
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who allegedly smashed a glass bottle over a man's head has been remanded on bail for a third time at the Dublin Children's Court.
The girl, who is in care and has admitted to having a drug problem, has been charged with two counts of robbery, attempted robbery and assault causing harm.
The offences allegedly happened in O'Connell Street, Dublin, in August.
She was remanded on bail to appear on November 24.
Dad shouted racial abuse
A FATHER-of-two who shouted racial abuse at a motorist who crashed into his car has been fined.
Stephen Hopkins (28) flew into a rage with the Romanian driver who had collided with his car, which was being driven by his girlfriend at the time.
Judge John O'Neill said that while he understood Hopkins's annoyance, he should not have got involved as the garda had been dealing with the situation.
He fined him €150.
Hopkins, of Alfie Byrne House, pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of the peace in the incident in the north inner city.
The court heard that gardai were at the scene of the accident at Summerhill Parade on August 1, 2009, when Hopkins shouted abuse at the Romanian driver.