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Sunday 13 October 2019

Teenager accused of driving on wrong side of road at garda car

Dennis Olubunmi outside Blanchardstown District Court
Dennis Olubunmi outside Blanchardstown District Court

A teenager who allegedly drove at a patrol car and forced the garda driver to mount the path to avoid a collision is facing trial on the charges.

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

Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court and he adjourned the matter to a date in September to allow the DPP to consider her position.

Mr Olubunmi, of Summerseat Court in Clonee, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with reckless endangerment at Station Road in Ongar on February 23, 2019.

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

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary trial of the matters in the district court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Quin Hanley alleged that Mr Olubunmi was driving on the wrong side of the road when he drove towards an oncoming garda car.

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

He said that the patrol car was forced to mount the footpath to avoid a collision with Mr Olubunmi's 2005-registered 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.

Judge McHugh said he was refusing jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.

The accused has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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