Dangerous driver 'panicked' when he spotted patrol car
A young driver who drove dangerously through a red light "panicked" when he saw a garda car because he didn't have any insurance, a court heard.
Dorian Brylewicz (20) also drove the wrong way around a roundabout before he stopped for gardai.
Judge Miriam Walsh fined the defendant €950 and disqualified him from driving for two years.
Judge Walsh also told Brylewicz that he was very lucky he did not cause an accident or cause injury to himself or someone else.
The defendant, with an address at Fernleigh Drive in Castleknock, admitted to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.
Garda Matthew Dougan told Swords District Court that he was on mobile patrol on September 17 last year when a blue Volkswagen Golf failed to stop at a red light on Chapel Street in Balbriggan.
Gda Dougan said he activated the blue lights and sirens on the patrol car, but the driver still failed to stop.
Gda Dougan said the driver continued onto Harry Reynolds Road where he went the wrong way around a roundabout.
Gda Dougan said he followed the car towards the R132 Dublin Road, Balbriggan where the car kept crossing the white line in the middle of the road.
The defendant's vehicle eventually stopped on the R132, and gardai demanded his insurance documents. The court heard that Brylewicz had one previous conviction, for stealing a bicycle.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Brylewicz was a young man and he had been naive and foolish.
Ms D'Arcy said the defendant's parents were supporting him, but had made it clear they were not at all impressed with his behaviour.
She added that the defendant had been unemployed but had recently started work as a salesman.
Ms D'Arcy said the defendant realised when he saw gardai that he didn't have insurance - and panicked and took off.
The solicitor also said Brylewicz no longer had a car and realised he was lucky he wasn't facing more serious charges.