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Dad jailed for doing 360-degree turn in car

A FATHER of three who performed a 360-degree turn on a busy street, forcing traffic to stop to avoid a crash, has been jailed for nine months.

ROBERT Whelan (25) fled from gardai after carrying out the manoeuvre on a north Dublin road as schools in the area were closing, then abandoned the vehicle he had been driving without insurance.

He was also banned from driving for 10 years and fined €1,500 over the incident and other separate crimes.

Whelan, of Glasanaon Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of uninsured and unlicensed driving, as well as careless driving and burglary.

All the offences happened in Finglas last year. He had 90 previous convictions, including 17 for motoring offences.

Judge David McHugh asked if there was an explanation for the "plethora of criminality".

The accused has three children with a former partner and is now in a new relationship.

He had had a bad motorcycle accident in 2003 which resulted in him having four plates put in his face.

It had had a "bad effect" on him and he took medication to help him sleep.

Whelan accepted the offences were "reckless behaviour".

Judge David McHugh imposed concurrent sentences totalling nine months, a 10-year driving ban and €1,500 in fines.

aphelan@herald.ie