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Friday 15 December 2017

Man led gardai on high speed chase that left four injured and €30k damage to patrol cars

Karl Fields
Karl Fields

A DANGEROUS driver led gardai on a high-speed chase that left four officers injured and €30,000 worth of damage caused to their cars after they crashed into each other during the pursuit.

Karl Fields (20) drove "wildly" through streets in west Dublin, eventually abandoning the car after the pursuing officers crashed.

He begged Judge Bryan Smyth not to jail him, saying he has since changed his life, got a job and would "lose everything" if sent to prison.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case for probation and community service suitability reports.

Fields, of Dolphin House, Rialto, pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and Bothar Na Life, Clondalkin on February 18, 2013.

He also admitted failing to stop as well as uninsured and unlicenced driving.

Dublin District Court heard the car failed to stop for gardai at 8pm.

Shortly after, Garda Simon Gerrard saw it speeding towards his car on Greenfort Avenue. It veered out of control, drove "wildly" through a housing estate and continued on the wrong side of the road with garda vehicles in pursuit.

Three oncoming vehicles had to take evasive action to avoid crashing.

At Liffey Valley, the car again went out of control and two of the pursuing garda cars collided with each other.

The car was abandoned in the shopping centre car park. Four people were arrested.

The court heard one of the garda vehicles was written off, at a cost of €20,000. The other cost €10,000 to get back on the road.

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