A DANGEROUS driver ploughed into a garda patrol van and car after crashing into three other vehicles in traffic during a road rampage in west Dublin.
Dean Fagan (25) caused thousands of euro worth of damage to the five vehicles after he refused to stop for gardai and sped off at up to 100kph, Dublin District Court heard.
Judge Patrick Clyne issued a bench warrant for his arrest and sentencing after he failed to appear for his trial.
Fagan had denied all the charges against him, but he was found guilty after the case was heard in his absence.
Fagan, of Kildare Park, Crumlin, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of dangerous driving and criminal damage as well as failing to stop and uninsured driving.
The court heard the incident happened last August 26.
Gardai approached the accused in the Dublin 12 area as he was driving and asked him to switch off the engine.
He refused and reversed away at speed. He drove towards Tallaght, causing other cars on the road to take evasive action.
He overtook traffic on a continuous white line, and at one stage gardai saw "a female" pop up from the back seat and look out.
At the N81/Avonmore Road junction, Fagan collided with a silver Audi and a black Volks- wagen Passat.
"He basically pushed them out of his way," a garda witness said.
Turning on to Avonbeg Road, he collided with a Nissan Qashqai that was turning right.
He continued to drive dangerously, running red lights before making a 180-degree handbrake turn at Killinarden Heights. A garda brought a patrol car to a stop in front of him and Fagan drove at him, hitting the passenger side.
He then did a U-turn and drove down Killinarden Way, which was blocked by a garda van. He rammed his way through that blockade, damaging the van, the court heard.
Fagan crashed into a wall at Kiltipper Way and tried to run away but was caught.
The Audi driver said repairs to her car cost €4,841.
Another car sustained €5,725 worth of damage.