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Friday 21 September 2018

Driver rang gardai begging them to call off 200kph chase

Ryan Cahill pleaded guilty
Ryan Cahill pleaded guilty

A Dublin youth, who phoned gardai begging them to call off a pursuit after hitting speeds of 200kph in a stolen Audi A4, has received a six-month sentence.

Ryan Cahill, who was 17 when he stole the high-powered car during a burglary in Boyle, Co Roscommon, drove on the wrong side of the M4.

Gardai had to deploy two stinger devices to stop him after a 150km chase, which ended on the outskirts of Dublin.

Cahill (18), of Harelawn Grove, Clondalkin, had 67 criminal convictions, mostly for motoring offences, and is already serving a custodial sentence due to end in January.

Judge John O'Connor imposed a consecutive six-month custodial sentence to begin when his current term ends. He also gave him a six-year road ban.

The judge praised the "sterling work" of gardai in stopping Cahill, who had asked the court, via his lawyer, not to give him another custodial sentence.

He was arrested following the chase on March 14, which came to a halt in Lucan, Dublin.

Cahill admitted burglary, motor theft and dangerous driving at Kinnegad, Co Westmeath; Clonard and Enfield, Co Meath; and at Moyvalley in Co Kildare.

He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a garda car in Lucan, in connection with the same incident.

In evidence, Garda Eoin Brehony told the Dublin Children's Court that a 2010-reg Audi A4 was stolen during a house burglary in Boyle. The car was driven toward Dublin on the N4 and M4.

Gardai in Mullingar intercepted the vehicle and Gda Brehony tried to stop it with a stinger device at Kinnegad.

Direction

However, Cahill did a U-turn and then drove in the wrong direction back along the M4 before dangerously exiting the motorway at The Downs, near Mullingar.

There was another attempt to stop him with a stinger at Kilcock. The court heard that he also smashed through a toll barrier.

"An unusual thing happened at that stage. The defendant rang gardai himself and asked us to stop chasing him," Gda Brehony said.

At that point Cahill was pulled over and arrested.

Judge O'Connor said Cahill was a "bully" and had not shown remorse.

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