Dangerous cyclist fined €400 after garda chase
A DUBLIN man has been found guilty of dangerous cycling in an incident in which he led gardai on a chase while traffic had to take "evasive action".
Thomas Redmond (29) cycled away from gardai after cutting across four lanes of traffic on a busy afternoon in the south inner city.
Judge Cormac Dunne fined him €400 at Dublin District Court.
Redmond, of Donore Terrace, Brown Street South had pleaded not guilty to dangerous cycling on July 19 last.
Garda Richard Brennan told the court he was on duty in a patrol car at Clanbrassil Street Lower at 2.50pm when the accused was cycling in front.
Redmond broke a red light and cycled across four lanes of a dual carriageway to the junction with Malpas Street.
Traffic was heavy and there were a lot of pedestrians, cars and cyclists in the area.
A vehicle had to brake heavily and take evasive action.
The garda car followed him with blue lights and siren activated. Redmond looked back at them, then continued at speed down a lane, failing to stop at a stop sign, passing a school and mounting a footpath.
He went through a set of steel barriers and escaped.
When found, the accused said: "Are you arresting me for breaking a f***ing red light?"
"On the face of it a bicycle is innocent, but it can take lives and bicycles have done," Judge Dunne said.