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Drunk driver sped at 180kph in garda chase


Mindaugas Jarockis. Photo: Damien Eagers

Mindaugas Jarockis. Photo: Damien Eagers

Mindaugas Jarockis. Photo: Damien Eagers

A DRUNK driver led gardai on a chase at speeds of more than 180kph before he crashed into a parked car, a court heard.

Mindaugas Jarockis (30), a hotel night manager, fled from gardai after taking his car on the road to get away from a party that had a “bad atmosphere,” a court heard.

Judge David McHugh gave him a three-month suspended sentence, fined him €400 and banned him from driving for three years.

Jarockis, with an address at Knockmulrooney, Confey, Leixlip, pleaded gulity to drunk and dangerous driving at the M4 Leixlip slip road on November 24 last year.

Garda Stephen Moloney told Blanchardstown District Court he was on plainclothes duty in an unmarked patrol car when he saw the accused travelling at speed in a Subaru Legacy.

The garda activated his car’s light and siren and pursued the defendant.

The officers were travelling at 180kph and could not keep up with Jarockis, who eventually collided with the back of an unoccupied parked car.

The accused tested over the alcohol limit after his arrest. He had been at a party on the night and planned to stay there, but the atmosphere changed and he became afraid, his solicitor said.

He had been in Ireland for 10 years and was a “good citizen”.

Judge McHugh said his choice was whether to give the defendant an outright sentence or a suspended one.

He said he was “only just persuaded” to suspend the sentence for a year.