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Saturday 19 October 2019

Teen faces trial for allegedly driving at garda car in chase

Dennis Olubunmi faces charges of reckless endangerment
Dennis Olubunmi faces charges of reckless endangerment

A teenager who allegedly drove at a patrol car and forced the garda driver to mount a path has been sent for trial.

Dennis Olubunmi (18) was allegedly on the wrong side of the road when the incident took place.

He was served with a book of evidence when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Olubunmi, of Summerseat Court, Clonee, is charged with reckless endangerment at Station Road in Ongar last February 23.

He is also facing charges of dangerous driving at Barnwell Square and Barnwell Lane in Ongar, and driving without insurance at Barnwell Crescent in Ongar, on the same date.

The DPP had directed summary trial in the district court but Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case after hearing a summary of the evidence.

Footpath

Garda Quin Hanley previously alleged that Mr Olubunmi was driving on the wrong side of the road when he drove toward an oncoming patrol car.

Gda Hanley claimed this incident took place during a traffic pursuit.

He said that the garda car was forced to mount the footpath to avoid a collision with Mr Olubunmi's vehicle.

Gda Hanley said Station Road was not very wide, and was a normal two-lane road.

He also said that it was his opinion that Mr Olubunmi drove intentionally on the wrong side of the road.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge McHugh gave Mr Olubunmi the formal alibi caution. Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Mr Olubunmi has not yet indicated how he will plead.

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