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Sunday 22 October 2017

Garda forced to jump as drunk's car veered at him

A GARDA narrowly escaped being hit by a car after it jumped forward when the driver was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving.

A second officer was forced to use his baton and break the driver's window of Mark Jones' car and remove the car keys as he thought the defendant was about to drive at his colleague.

The 25-year-old defendant said his silver Audi A3 was an automatic vehicle and it simply jumped forward when gardai stopped the vehicle. He denied he was about to take off, or that he drove at the garda.

A judge fined Jones €250 and banned him from driving for three years. The defendant, with an address at The Oval, Tullyvale, Cabinteely, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to charges of drunken driving and careless driving.

The incident took place at St Patrick's Park, Stepaside on June 11 last. Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Jones was speeding at 120kph in a 50kph residential zone.

Sgt McCann said that gardai indicated for Jones to pull over at St Patrick's Park, which he did, and as a garda walked around in front of his car, it jumped forward at the garda.

The sergeant said a second garda took out of baton, broke the car window and took the car keys off Jones.

The court heard the defendant was later taken to the garda station where he was breathalysed, and he produced a reading of 70mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

The court heard Jones had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Jones accepts his car jumped forward at the garda, but said it was not deliberate, and he was not attempting to drive off.

Mr Lynam said Jones is single, is working and has no children. He takes full responsibility for his behaviour.

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