Driver lied to gardai about theft of Porsche
A Dublin businessman made a false report that his Porsche car had been stolen after he abandoned it following a crash while intoxicated.
Eamon Colley (51) left his Porsche Boxster in the Phoenix Park after he crashed into another car that had stopped to allow a deer to cross the road near the Castleknock entrance.
Colley, who received a 21-month suspended sentence, turned up at Blanchardstown Garda Station the following day to report his Porsche stolen.
Det Gda Robert Madden said he had received another report about an intoxicated driver in a similar car and CCTV footage of this incident revealed the man to be Colley.
He accepted he was in the footage that showed him yelling at a car park ticket machine and attendant, but further claimed his vehicle was stolen from him after the events in the CCTV.
Colley, of The Courtyard, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a false statement at Blanchardstown Garda Station on February 15 last year.
He also admitted making a further false statement at his business at Clonsilla Service Centre, Clonsilla Road, Dublin 15, on the same date. He has no previous convictions.
Det Gda Madden told Pieter Le Vert, prosecuting, that a motorist had stopped at Chesterfield Avenue in Phoenix Park to let a deer cross the road on the night of February 14, 2017.
The driver then felt a heavy impact to the back of her Volkswagen Golf and saw Colley drive up alongside her, with smoke coming from his car.
Colley told the woman he hadn't seen her, assured her that gardai were on their way and handed her his car repair service business card before driving off.
The woman, whose new car sustained €9,413 worth of damage, noticed that Colley's speech was slurred and his eyes appeared glazed over.
Det Gda Madden said he was on patrol in the early hours of February 15 when he spotted the Porsche abandoned and partially blocking the road in the park. The vehicle had no NCT or tax disc displayed.
Colley reported his car stolen and made a follow-up statement at his business address when gardai met him again about the CCTV footage.
Det Gda Madden agreed with Peter Maguire, defending, that he had been suspicious of Colley from the outset.
He further agreed that Colley had appeared dishevelled when making his first false statement.
The detective told Judge Martin Nolan that he believed Colley had left the crash scene because he was intoxicated.
Mr Maguire submitted to the judge that his client's marriage had broken down around that time and he had been unable to cope.
He asked Judge Nolan to consider a community service order as his client had no previous convictions and had worked hard all his life.
The judge surmised that Colley had abandoned the Porsche after the accident to avoid a prosecution for drink-driving.
He imposed a 21-month suspended sentence and an 18-month driving ban.