Young driver was chased by gardai in housing estate
A YOUNG driver was chased by gardai after they caught him doing handbrake turns in a Dublin suburb, a court heard.
James Dunphy (20) claimed he got into trouble because he was "unoccupied" at the time and was hanging around with a negative peer group.
Judge Ann Ryan ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date next month.
The defendant, of Lally Road, Ballyfermot, admitted before Dublin District Court to drink-driving, careless driving and driving without insurance at Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, last July 20.
Gda Tadhg Hartnett said he was on patrol when he came across Dunphy, who was doing handbrake turns in a Nissan Micra. He said he activated the blue lights and sirens on the patrol car and followed Dunphy, who drove at speed along Cherry Orchard Avenue and Cherry Orchard Drive.
Gda Hartnett said Dunphy completed a handbrake turn at Croftwood Road and then drove at high-speed through a residential estate.
The officer said Dunphy abandoned the vehicle and was arrested after a short chase.
He was breathalysed and produced a reading of 65mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.
The court heard Dunphy has no issues with drink or drugs, but was hanging around with a negative peer group at the time of the incident.
He was "unoccupied" and was not working or in school, but is now doing a training course.