Monday 18 December 2017

"I'm stupid" - drink driver admits after he crashed in high-speed chase

M50 congestion. File picture
M50 congestion. File picture
The drink-driver was pursued by gardai along the M50

A drink-driver who led gardai on a high-speed chase along the M50 before crashing head-on into a street sign admitted he was "stupid" when he was caught.

Eoin Byrne (21) drove through red lights at three major junctions before reaching the motorway, with gardai in pursuit.

Byrne, of Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving and one of failing to stop for gardai. He also admitted drink-driving and having no insurance on last May 17.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell banned him from driving for three years and fined him €300 on the drink-driving charge.

He adjourned the others for a pre-sentence probation report.

Gda Kevin Lawless told the court he saw the accused driving around Inchicore before pulling into the car park at the Blackhorse Inn pub at 2am.

When he got out to speak to Byrne, the accused sped off. Officers pursued him with flashing lights and sirens activated.

Byrne drove out the Naas Road, speeding through red traffic lights at three junctions.

He continued at speed on to the M50 southbound, and the gardai lost sight of him for a few seconds at the Ballymount exit.


They saw the car had crashed head-on into a signpost and ended up on a grass verge, where they found Byrne lying.

On arrest, he said: "I'm a stupid c**t. I don't know why I ever done that."

The accused had no previous convictions.

"He gave a somewhat colourful but contrite explanation as to how ludicrous and inexplicable what he had done was," defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said.

"He would not fit the ordinary profile of a young person with absolute disregard for the traffic laws, though this was a very good attempt at impersonating such as person."

The judge agreed that the accused was "very lucky he didn't kill himself or other people".

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