Dad-of-three jailed for 18 months after car chase
A father-of-three who crashed his car into a bollard following a chase and was later found hiding in an attic has been jailed for 18 months.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Edward Stokes (25) forced his way through a junction at Naas Road, Clondalkin, driving through a red light and over a Luas line while a tram was going through.
Stokes, of Oldcastle Park, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to endangerment and dangerous driving at locations in Clondalkin and Ballyfermot on October 3, 2016.
Det Gda Ciaran O'Neill told Derek Cooney, prosecuting, that he was driving an unmarked patrol car when he observed Stokes, who tried to hide his face from gardai.
Det Gda O'Neill said he activated the blue lights and siren.
Stokes proceeded to accelerate and tried to ram the officers, forcing them to take evasive action.
Stokes made a side swipe at the garda car as he drove away at speeds of more than 90kph in a 60kph zone.
He later took a sharp left on to Walkinstown Avenue, running a red light and narrowly missing a pedestrian.
The chase came to an end when Stokes drove into a settled Travellers' site in Ballyfermot, mounted the kerb and crashed into a bollard.
He got out of the car but was arrested in the attic of a house.
Stokes had 23 previous convictions, including for violent disorder, driving without a licence, driving without road tax and careless driving. He was disqualified at the time of the offence.
Judge Cormac Quinn imposed a three-year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions.