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Cars forced on to pavement as mum drove at 100kph


Marie Casey was described as stressed and vulnerable

Marie Casey was described as stressed and vulnerable

Marie Casey was described as stressed and vulnerable

A woman who drove at high speed and went the wrong way around a roundabout was stressed after she received "shocking news".

Marie Casey (32) was driving at speeds of 100kph in a 50kph zone and forced other motorists on to a footpath to avoid her.

Judge Paula Murphy ordered her to complete the restorative justice road traffic programme.

The judge also imposed a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months on separate theft matters.

The defendant, of Curragh Hall Gate, Tyrrelstown, and a named women's refuge, admitted dangerous driving and driving without insurance at Ratoath Road, Finglas, on Aug-ust 22, 2017.

Gda James Curtis had told Blanchardstown District Court he was on motorbike patrol on North Circular Road at around 4.30pm when he indicated to a female driver to stop.

Gda Curtis said Casey stopped the car and he got off the bike to speak to her, but she drove off at speed.

Gda Curtis got back on the motorbike and chased the car.


Casey drove at excessive speed over speed bumps on Ratoath Road and went the wrong way around Bogey's roundabout.

Oncoming traffic was forced to go on to a footpath to avoid a collision.

Gda Curtis said the speed limit in the area was 50kph and Casey was doing "at least twice that".

He said he ended the chase as he determined it was too dangerous, but he kept  the car in sight and eventually stopped the driver.

Mother-of-two Casey was "most upset" as she had rec-eived "shocking news", defence solicitor Kelly Breen said.

Casey also admitted stealing groceries worth €178 from Tesco in Finglas on June 30, 2017, as well as household items from Homestore and More and possession of a foil-lined bag on December 12, 2017.

Ms Breen said Casey had been in a number of abusive relationships which had left her "very vulnerable" and put her "under pressure from other people to behave in certain ways".

She was now availing of all the supports she needed, Ms Breen said.