Thief who drove on city footpaths in high-speed chase is jailed for three years
A man who drove a stolen SUV through red lights and up on to footpaths in a high-speed chase has been jailed for three years.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Glen Hogan (25) has eight previous convictions for stealing cars.
Judge Patrick McCartan suspended the last year of a four-year prison term on condition that Hogan, who has a drug addiction, remains drug free and keeps the peace. Judge McCartan also banned Hogan from driving for ten years
Hogan of Thomas Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of driving a stolen vehicle, two for dangerous driving and one for driving under the influence of an intoxicant at St Johns Road West and Concolbert Road, Dublin city on February 2, 2014.
Garda Laura McCartney told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that she was in a patrol car when she saw a Mitsubishi Pajero, being driven by Hogan, breaking a red light.
Gardai signalled for the SUV to stop and Hogan slowed down but then took off at speed on to the Dublin city quays.
He mounted a footpath to avoid other vehicles, broke another red light and narrowly missed oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
At one stage Hogan was driving at twice the speed limit in a 60kph zone and was weaving in and out of traffic. The vehicle broke another red light causing traffic to break suddenly.
Hogan drove the SUV at speed in a built-up residential area and on the opposite side of the road in order to overtake slower vehicles. After breaking another set of red lights he collided with a BMW, writing both vehicles off.
Hogan has 71 previous convictions, including one for unlawful sale or supply of drugs. He received a six-year prison sentence in 2008 after he was convicted of assault causing harm.
Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said that her client was out of control on drugs at the time but he believes he can improve with the help of a residential treatment programme.
She said there was an offer of assistance with a residential drug treatment programme through the Peter McVerry Trust.
Judge McCartan backdated the sentence to start in August 2014, when Hogan was charged.