Dangerous driver a 'classic case' of repeat offending
A dangerous driver with 220 previous convictions was a "classic case" of someone who goes into prison, comes out and re-offends, a court has heard.
Father-of-two Dean Joyce (26) was jailed for 22 months and banned from driving for 20 years when he admitted a series of charges at Dublin District Court.
Joyce, of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the Western Parkway, Clondalkin, last November 4.
He was seen driving erratic- ally and at more than 170kph, undertaking other vehicles. He had no licence or insurance.
He also admitted a series of thefts of petrol from service stations in Clondalkin and Swords, as well as in Maynooth and Celbridge, Co Kildare, on dates last year.
Of his 220 convictions, 165 were for motoring offences, including 31 for uninsured driving and 10 for dangerous driving.
A garda said cars could be bought cheap and without log books being exchanged.
Joyce was "just getting his hands on" cars and driving them around, his solicitor Claire Barry said.
He had made bad decisions as a teenager which progressed and he spent "vast periods of his early adulthood in prison".
Judge Hughes said Joyce's record was appalling. He had been buying cars without ever seeking to insure them.
The judge said Joyce should be required to resit the driving test before he can be eligible to drive again.
He fixed bail in the event of an appeal.