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Monday 18 December 2017

Teenage joyrider drove stolen bread van towards gardai

Michael McDonagh pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle
Michael McDonagh pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle

A teenager drove a bread delivery van towards gardai when they went to investigate its theft from outside a supermarket.

Michael McDonagh (19) abandoned the van and fled the scene but was caught after a short chase, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for the production of a probation report and said he was not imposing a jail sentence because McDonagh suffered from a serious underlying medical disorder.

McDonagh, of Parnell Road, Dublin 12, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle.

He also admitted unlawful possession of a knife after his arrest at Lucan Garda Station on the same date, October 27 last year.

The court heard the driving incident happened at Ballyowen Castle Shopping Centre in Lucan.

Gardai were called at 6.30am after a report that a bread van was being driven dangerously.

Flagged

When they arrived, the delivery driver flagged them down and said two males had taken the van from the shopping centre car park at Eurospar.

Gardai drove down a lane and the van drove towards them. There was a short chase and both men fled the van after it was stopped.

Gardai saw McDonagh leaving the driver's side of the vehicle and both men were arrested after a short chase, the court heard.

Gardai found a carpet knife on McDonagh when he was searched.

McDonagh suffered from a number of medical conditions, his solicitor Simon Fleming said. He understood that his behaviour had been unacceptable.

Judge McHugh said the off-ence "absolutely, no doubt" warranted a custodial sentence.

However, he took into acc-ount that McDonagh suffered from a serious underlying disorder and said "for that reason alone" he would not jail him.

McDonagh was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again next month.

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