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South Douglas Road RoundaboutPicture: Eddie O'Hare
South Douglas Road RoundaboutPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Man accused of endangering woman and baby by driving at high speed in the wrong direction 

A LIMERICK man appeared in court today accused of endangerment in Cork city where a young woman had to pull back a buggy containing her infant daughter from a high-speed car travelling in the wrong direction.

This was the main allegation in an endangerment charge against Daniel O’Brien, aged 27, of 94 Assumpta Park, Newcastlewest, Limerick.

There was a second endangerment charge where it was alleged that a garda operating a checkpoint had to jump out of the way of a car allegedly driven by the accused.

In both cases, it is alleged that O’Brien was either reckless or intentional in his actions which put parties at risk of death or serious injury.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that the accused should be put on trial by judge and jury on these charges.

A book of evidence will have to be prepared in the case and Sgt. Kelleher applied for an adjournment.

Judge Mary Cashin adjourned the case until February 3 at Cork District Court.

The charges stated that on February 6, 2019, at the South Douglas Road, he drove a car towards Garda Ryan Dillon who was performing a checkpoint at the time causing Garda Dillon to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the car which created a substantial risk of death or serious injury.

The second charge related to the same date and place where he allegedly drove at high speed through red traffic lights on the incorrect side of the road causing a woman to pull a child’s buggy with her nine-week-old daughter off the road and that the woman had to step back from the road to avoid being hit by the car which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm.