Pub reveller caught in stolen vehicle
A reveller caught in a stolen car was offered a lift in the vehicle after he came out of a pub, a court heard.
James Colton (34) denied knowing the car was stolen.
A court heard the driver of the car sped off when he saw gardai, and he later crashed the vehicle. Colton was a front-seat passenger in the car at the time.
Judge Patricia McNamara ordered Colton to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Fortunestown Close in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.
The incident took place at Kiltalown Lane in Tallaght on June 25, 2015. Garda Darren Coller said he was on mobile patrol when he saw a car leave the car park to Scholars Pub.
Gda Coller said there was a traffic pursuit with this car, and it crashed on Kiltalown Lane.
The garda said Colton was removed from the vehicle and arrested.
The court heard the car had been stolen a number of months prior to this incident, and it had false plates.
Defence lawyer George Burns said Colton was in the pub, came out and got into the car, without knowing it was stolen.
Mr Burns said the defendant previously worked as a printer, but is currently unemployed and on social welfare.
Mr Burns said Colton had issues with drugs, but is now clean and off methadone.