Ice cream man fined €1,500 for chase in estate
AN ice cream man mounted a footpath on his motorcycle and drove on the wrong side of the road as he led gardai on a chase through a residential area, a court heard.
Sean Singleton (18) was put off the road for five years and fined €1,500 for dangerous driving in the incident in Tallaght.
Convicting him, Judge James McDonnell told him he would have to "sell plenty of ice cream" to pay the fine, giving him nine months to do so.
The defendant, of Kiltalown Close, Tallaght, admitted three counts of dangerous driving on November 4 last year.
Sgt Carmel Henry told Tallaght District Court gardai saw the accused drive a Honda scrambler towards them on the wrong side of Jobstown Road at 12.22pm. They activated the patrol car's flashing blue light and siren, but Singleton drove onto the footpath to avoid them.
He went back onto the road and through the junction with Fortunestown Road, on the wrong side. He nearly lost control of the bike and overtook several cars before returning to the footpath for 20 metres.
Singleton later lost control of the bike at a roundabout and abandoned it, fleeing on foot. He was caught a short distance away, at Cloonmore Crescent.
The defendant had no previous convictions and was working in his uncle's ice cream van.
The court heard he was taking the bike on a test drive after a neighbour offered to swap him the scrambler for a pushbike and a PlayStation. He "panicked" when he saw the gardai, his solicitor said.