A DUBLIN man allegedly stole a postman's van while he was delivering a parcel and tried to drive it into a garda patrol car after he left the scene, a court heard.
Jonathan Wainyae (29) allegedly reversed away from the An Post worker after getting into his van and forced both a garda car and pedestrians at a crossing to get out of his way.
His case was adjourned at Dublin District Court.
Mr Wainyae, of Sr Attracta Road, Cabra, is charged with unauthorised taking of the van at Boroimhe Oaks, Swords on February 17. He is also charged with two counts of dangerous driving and driving past a red light.
These offences allegedly happened at a pedestrian crossing between St Samson's Court and Belmayne Avenue, Belmayne and at the junction of the Boroimhe Link Road and the R132.
He is further charged with the theft of an iPhone and criminal damage to it at Belmayne Road on the same date.
Outlining the allegations, Garda Brian Healy said the driver of the An Post vehicle was delivering a parcel to an address at 7.05am. He went to the door of the house and while he was out of the vehicle, the accused allegedly got into it.
The driver returned to the vehicle and tried to open the door, but the accused allegedly reversed away.
He crossed a pedestrian crossing with the vehicle causing a number of people to move aside, Garda Healy said.
The court heard Mr Wainyae allegedly tried to drive into a garda patrol car which was forced to take evasive action.
Judge Cormac Dunne accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case and the defence solicitor consented to an adjournment. Bail was granted on condition that Mr Wainyae signs on three times per week at Coolock Garda Station and observes a curfew between 12am and 8am.
The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.