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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Danger chase driver hit with a 50-year ban

A DRUNK driver who led gardai on a 10-mile, high-speed chase around north Dublin has been put off the road for 50 years after a judge said it was the worst driving he had ever seen.

Alan O'Brien (33) drove "crazily" at more than twice the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road and nearly hit an oncoming patrol car before crashing into a wall and trying to run off.

He was over the alcohol limit at the time and had no licence or insurance. The father-of-one went on to breach bail by failing to turn up in court twice.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell suspended a nine-month sentence after hearing prison would be "particularly hard on him" because he only had one kidney and wore a urinostomy bag.

Dublin District Court heard this had caused him "embarrassment" when he was jailed before.

O'Brien, of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede, admitted dangerous driving, as well as drunk, uninsured and unlicensed driving in an incident that started in Swords and ended in Portmarnock.

Video evidence of the nine-minute chase taken from the pursuing patrol car was played to Dublin District Court.

Sgt Anthony Collins, of Dublin Castle Traffic Division, said O'Brien came to the attention of gardai when he broke a red light and failed to stop at Nevinstown, Swords, at 3am on February 6.

Gardai gave chase with blue lights and siren on and the accused sped off, reaching speeds of up to 127kph in a 60kph zone.

The gardai pulled back to a safe distance as they feared he would lose control of the car as he turned a series of blind bends at speed on the wrong side of the road in wet weather.

As well as the ban and suspended sentence, the accused was fined €1,350.

aphelan@herald.ie

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