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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Dangerous driver on cannabis when he drove on to footpath

Gracia Lulendo’s lawyer said he wanted to stay out of trouble
Gracia Lulendo’s lawyer said he wanted to stay out of trouble

A motorist who mounted a footpath in front of a patrol car after he veered on to the wrong side of the road was driving under the influence of cannabis.

Gracia Lulendo (23) has a young child and did not want to be "the type of father in prison all of the time".

"His desire is to stay out of trouble," his solicitor said.

Judge Dermot Dempsey sentenced Lulendo to four months in prison and banned him from driving for six years.

Lulendo, of Park Boulevard, Tyrellstown, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to drug-driving and two counts of dangerous driving at Nevinstown Lane and Airside Retail Park, Swords, on February 20, last year.

Sgt Terri Ferguson said Lul- endo drove a car on the embankment near McDonald's in the retail part and drove past the Ryanair building before veering on to the wrong side of the road.

Speed

"He then drove at speed through a car park and exited on the main Airside Road," said Sgt Ferguson.

She said she activated the blue light on the patrol car, and shortly after that Lulendo's car mounted the footpath in front of the patrol car.

He was arrested and taken to Swords Garda Station where it was discovered he was driving under the influence of cannabis.

He had previous convictions for careless driving and driving without insurance, the court heard.

"He apologises for his behaviour," the solicitor said, adding that the defendant was serving a sentence in Wheatfield and was due to be released in July. 

Lulendo, who was originally from Angola, moved to Ireland at the age of four, the court heard.

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