Stolen car driver jailed for ramming three taxis
A man who rammed three taxis and a garda van with a stolen car has been jailed for six months.
Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday that such was the force of the impact with one taxi that the stolen VW Golf ended up on two wheels.
Aaron Brady (26), of Monog Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was deported from the United States last week and arrested at Dublin Airport on foot of warrants from the district court and circuit court that were issued in 2013.
He had admitted the circuit court offences and was due to be sentenced in April 2013 but had, the court heard, instead gone to the UK and then to the US.
Brady's defence barrister said he was "a different person" from that shown on garda CCTV in Dundalk on October 2, 2011.
Gda Sgt John Moroney told the court he was in a patrol van on Park Street at 4.10am when the Golf pulled up alongside it and he and another garda recognised Brady as the driver.
Brady gave them the fingers and revved so the wheels span.
The Golf, which had been stolen in a burglary in Co Cav-an, was driven dangerously by Brady around Dundalk town centre, the court heard.
CCTV footage of the driving was played to Judge Petria McDonnell and showed Brady ramming three taxis before speeding off towards Castleblayney Road.
The first taxi was rammed at Crowe Street by Brady reversing into it. He then drove on to Francis Street and reversed into another taxi before speeding on to Park Street where he drove into the side of a third taxi.
In the last ramming, Brady forced the Golf on to two wheels and the other wheels went down the bonnet of the taxi. This pushed the taxi up on to the footpath where pedestrians were walking.
Sgt Moroney said "gardai feared for the life of the people present and were of the view the vehicle had to be stopped".
The accused twice rammed the garda van but ended up driving on the rims after a front tyre came off. The three men in the Golf then fled on foot and Brady was arrested.
He had pleaded guilty to using the stolen vehicle, criminal damage to the patrol van and dangerous driving.
He has convictions for traffic and public order offences, and Sgt Moroney said he believed the defendant used cocaine.
Brady's barrister said his client had tested negative for drugs, which is a test required for US citizenship, for which he had applied.
The judge directed that €400 be given to the Golf owner and €500 to the taxi driver forced on to the pavement.