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Friday 17 August 2018

Teen crashed BMW into wall trying to evade gardai

A teenager who drove a BMW dangerously in a bid to evade gardai only to crash into a wall has been banned from driving for two years and ordered to do community service work in lieu of a prison sentence. Stock photo: PA Archive
A teenager who drove a BMW dangerously in a bid to evade gardai only to crash into a wall has been banned from driving for two years and ordered to do community service work in lieu of a prison sentence. Stock photo: PA Archive

A teenager who drove a BMW dangerously in a bid to evade gardai only to crash into a wall has been banned from driving for two years and ordered to do community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.

Aaron O'Brien (18) was also given a two-month suspended sentence for driving without insurance.

He was driving around the Donabate area at 2.45am on July 4, 2017, but when he was signalled to stop, he made a number of dangerous manoeuvres in an attempt to evade gardai, Swords District Court heard.

He drove along the Portrane Road in the direction of Portrane before turning into Burrow Road where the BMW collided with a wall.

O'Brien, of Cappagh Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, and driving without insurance or a driving licence.

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Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the teenager was studying carpentry, computers and catering.

She said O'Brien had engaged with the restorative justice service, had donated €100 to Temple Street Children's Hospital and had written a reflective journal on the effects that his actions might have on the public.

"He has since taken the driver theory test but failed it, but he is making an effort," Ms Kealy added.

"The entire incident has had a negative effect on him. He is also making use of his time and has structure and a routine now."

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined O'Brien €200, ordered him to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of two months in prison and banned him from driving for two years.

He further imposed a two-month suspended prison sentence and a two-year ban for the driving without insurance charge.

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