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Sunday 4 December 2016

Young man led gardai on a high speed chase through north Dublin as gun allegedly thrown from car

Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year
Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year

A young man led gardai on a dangerous, high-speed chase through north Dublin while a gun was allegedly seen being flung from the car.

Paul Norton (27) was driving as the firearm - which was never found - was reported to have been thrown out the passenger's side window.

No weapons charge was brought against anyone, but Norton was jailed for five months for 10 counts of dangerous driving.

Judge Patricia McNamara also banned him from driving for 15 years.

He had pleaded not guilty.

Garda Killian Leydon told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 4.30pm on July 7 last year.

A Toyota civic passed a patrol car on Bunratty Road, Coolock.

The passenger was under bail conditions not to be there, so gardai pursued the car.

Paul Norton of Cromcastle Court, Coolock driving, sped off through residential areas, overtaking traffic.

The car was abandoned in a cul de sac off the Priorswood Road and gardai met Norton and the passenger running from it.

A dog walker reported a firearm had earlier been thrown from the car at Kilmore Road.

It was allegedly picked up by someone else and taken from the scene.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny argued Norton was not identified as the driver.

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