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Thursday 24 May 2018

Driver (19) joined high-speed Garda chase as a 'stupid caper'

'Judge John Lindsay fined him €400 but did not ban him.' (stock photo)
'Judge John Lindsay fined him €400 but did not ban him.' (stock photo)

A teenage driver joined a garda high-speed chase because it seemed "like a new thing to do".

Glen Dowling (19) got into convoy with gardai who were chasing another motorist and followed them as they overtook a lane of traffic.

Dowling apologised for his behaviour, which his lawyer described as a "stupid caper".

Judge John Lindsay fined him €400 but did not ban him.

The defendant, of Drumcairn Drive, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of careless driving.

The incidents took place at the N81 Blessington last September 4 and at Fettercairn Ring Road, Tallaght, last July 17.

Dowling was originally charged with dangerous driving, but a judge accepted a plea to the lesser counts of careless driving.

In the incident last September, Sgt Michael Ahern said gardai were involved in a high-speed traffic pursuit on the N81 at around 3.30pm when Dowling, driving a Ford Fiesta, pulled out of a junction and joined them.

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Sgt Ahern said Dowling drove at speed and followed gardai in overtaking a line of traffic.

He was eventually arrested and charged.

In the incident last July, Sgt Ahern said gardai were on patrol when they came across Dowling, who was driving at speed on the Fettercairn Ring Road.

Sgt Ahern said Dowling failed to slow down and was doing speeds of 90kph and 100kph in a 50kph zone.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Dowling had completed a driving course and was now aware of the dangers of speeding. Mr Hennessy said Dowling wished to apologise for his "stupid caper".

In relation to the incident in which he joined the garda traffic pursuit, Mr Hennessy said it was "highly inadvisable" and "immature" behaviour on the defendant's part.

Asked why Dowling joined the garda chase, Mr Hennessy said the defendant felt it seemed "like a new thing to do".

Fining Dowling, Judge Lindsay said he was "very lucky" that the charges had been reduced from dangerous to careless driving.

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