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Monday 11 December 2017

Drunk teen biker in M50 chase is banned

A TEENAGER who drove his scrambler bike across five lanes of the M50 motorway in a bid to outrun gardai has been banned from driving for two years.

James Gavin (19) claimed he "panicked" when he saw gardai and he foolishly tried to escape from them.

A court heard that Gavin had never been in trouble before and his parents were very disappointed in him.

The defendant, of Dunsoughly, St Margaret's, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drink driving as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence.

He also admitted to careless driving in the incident on September 30 last year.

Judge Anthony Halpin said Gavin was lucky he didn't kill himself or anyone else. The judge fined him €500 and banned him from driving for two years.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on routine mobile patrol at North Road in Finglas around 12.15am when they saw a scrambler bike in a field. She said the motorist did not have a helmet, nor were there lights on the bike.

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The sergeant said the bike was driven across five lanes of traffic on the M50 motorway, causing traffic to brake to avoid him.

Gavin then drove along a footpath and on the wrong side of the Finglas roundabout on the M50.

Sgt Callaghan said Gavin failed to stop for a second patrol car, and he then abandoned the bike. He was caught after a short chase on foot.

A sample of his blood was taken at the garda station and Gavin had 103mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood.

Defence solicitor Martin Coen said Gavin had never been in trouble before but panicked when he saw the patrol car.

Mr Coen said Gavin realised his behaviour was foolish, and he has since apologised to gardai. The solicitor said Gavin's parents, who were in court, were very disappointed in him but felt he had learnt a valuable lesson.

Judge Halpin said Gavin could have been killed. He said the defendant clearly came from a good family and he accepted that he had learnt his lesson.

The judge fined him €500 and banned him from driving for two years.

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