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Monday 11 December 2017

Boy racer used paths to rally on

A YOUNG driver who did speed "laps" around a housing estate driving along footpaths and down pedestrian laneways was lucky that no one was injured in the incident, a court heard.

Ronan Bailey (20) eventually lost control of the car, hit a kerb and smashed into the rear of a parked vehicle.

He has been given three months to prove to a judge that he can stay out of trouble and remain drug-free.

The defendant, of Cushlawn Walk in Tallaght, had admitted before Tallaght District Court to dangerous driving and criminal damage, as well as failing to produce his driving licence and insurance to gardai.

The incident took place at Cushlawn Walk around 11.50pm on April 1 last.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said gardai were on routine patrol in the Cushlawn estate when they saw a silver Mitsubishi Lancer hit a kerb and drive towards them at speed. When Bailey saw gardai he passed the patrol car, and failed to stop when gardai activated the blue lights and siren.

Sgt Henry said Bailey did laps around Cushlawn Walk and Cushlawn Way, driving on footpaths and down pedestrian laneways.

He then lost control of the vehicle, striking the rear bumper of a 2009-registered vehicle and causing €400 worth of damage.

The court heard that Bailey has 15 previous convictions, and was banned from driving at the time of the offence.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Bailey had €400 in court for the damage he did to the parked car.

Mr Hennessy said the defendant had a drink problem but is working with the rehabilitation services, and is making progress.

He said Bailey is unemployed, but hopes to train as a chef.

Judge James McDonnell ordered urinalysis and an updated pre-sentence report and adjourned the matter to next January to see if Bailey can stay out of trouble.

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