A FATHER-of-eight fled from his car after crashing it in a bid to escape pursuing gardai, a court has heard.
Brendan Farrell (43), a mechanic and plumber, fled in panic because there was a warrant out for his arrest, Dublin District Court heard.
Judge Catherine Murphy give him a six-month suspended sentence, banned him from driving for seven years and fined him €950 when he admitted dangerous driving. Farrell, of Knockmore Crescent, Tallaght, also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance twice.
The court heard that gardai on duty at 5.45pm on August 8 saw Farrell driving a grey Renault Megane at the Belgard Road, Tallaght.
When signalled to stop, he sped off and went through a roundabout without stopping, forcing cars to stop suddenly. He then went through a stop sign at Cookstown Road, causing a taxi to swerve to avoid a collision. He crashed the car in the Fettercairn area and ran off.
The court heard he had 32 previous convictions for offences, including threatening to kill and harassment of his ex-partner, as well as arson.
"In relation to (the dangerous driving), there was a warrant in existence and he panicked when he saw the gardai," defence barrister Keith Spencer said.
The court heard that Farrell had been addicted to alcohol but had put his life "back on the straight and narrow".
The court heard the defendant was a mechanic and a plumber and was expecting a job offer. Farrell's partner is pregnant and they are due to marry in the summer. Judge Murphy suspended the sentence for two years.