Speeding biker tried to drive through school
A BIKER who tried to drive through the locked gates of a primary school to avoid gardai lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a patrol car.
Shane Thomas (22) mounted footpaths, drove at speed over roundabouts and on the wrong side of the road as he was pursued by gardai in Finglas, a court has heard.
He apologised for his behaviour, telling Blanchardstown District Court he was trying to evade gardai and the matter "got seriously out of hand".
Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence, fined Thomas €500 and banned him from driving for four years.
The defendant, of Glenties Drive in Finglas, admitted to using a motorbike without the consent of its owner at Cappagh Road in Finglas on January 17, 2014.
He also admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence and more than 10 counts of dangerous driving in the same incident.
Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he was on mobile patrol shortly after 3pm when he saw two men on a motorbike at Cappagh Drive.
The passenger was not wearing a helmet so he indicated for the vehicle to stop.
Gda Geraghty said the bike accelerated away, going the wrong way around the roundabout on Mellowes Road.
Thomas drove at speed onto Cappagh Road before turning right, on the wrong side of the road, onto Patrickswell Place.
Gda Geraghty said Thomas went over the roundabout at the junction with Wellmount Road and across the green area onto Casement Road.
The defendant drove at speed down Dunsink Road and was pursued by two patrol cars along Berryfield Road, before he mounted the footpath at Kildonan Road.
Gda Geraghty said Thomas tried to enter the locked gates of a national school, before losing control of the bike and colliding with a patrol car.
The court heard Thomas was lucky no one was injured or killed.