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Thursday 29 September 2016

Dangerous driving by father-of-three (29) was 'outright thuggery' - Judge

Father-of-three Padraig Murphy (29) was jailed for eight months for dangerous driving in the incident.
Father-of-three Padraig Murphy (29) was jailed for eight months for dangerous driving in the incident.

A BANNED driver led gardai on a high-speed chase, narrowly avoiding several crashes before he was stopped, a court heard.

Father-of-three Padraig Murphy (29) was jailed for eight months for dangerous driving in the incident.

Judge David McHugh described was happened as "complete and outright thuggery".

He also banned Murphy from driving for another six years and fined him €1,500.

Blanchardstown District Court heard he was already under a three-year disqualification at the time.

Murphy, of Millrose Estate, Bluebell, pleaded guilty to dangerous and uninsured driving while disqualified at Nangor Road, Clondalkin, on April 24 last year.

The court heard gardai on patrol saw Murphy driving a silver BMW and signalled to him to stop.

He drove away, overtaking other cars and travelled on the wrong side of the road, causing traffic to take evasive action.

A collision was narrowly avoided at a roundabout and he continued to overtake a large number of cars.

He then drove in a bus lane on the wrong side of the road and narrowly avoided hitting roadworks.

The court heard the accused had 29 previous convictions, including three for having no insurance.

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