A DRINK driver sped across country roads to avoid a checkpoint and later took off in a sudden reverse to crash into a garda patrol car and now he has been jailed for two years.
Wayne Hayes of 97 Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, was described by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin as engaging at the high end of dangerous driving and endangerment offences.
Sergeant Liam Philips testified that the dangerous driving and endangerment arose out of a prolonged incident after 1 a.m. on June 17 2017.
A van driven by Wayne Hayes approached a checkpoint in the Mallow area. Gardaí observed the car stop a long distance before the checkpoint and do a u-turn on the road.
This alerted the suspicions of gardaí so they followed the van.
The van sped on narrow winding roads at speed of up to 80 kms. per hour.
At one stage the van was driven at such speed that it almost collided with a ditch.
On the road between Waterloo and Mallow Sgt. Philips decided to overtake the car.
“He swerved across the road and forced me to pull to the side behind him.
“The van came to a stop on a narrow road. I stopped 10 to 12 metres behind. He put the van into reverse and took off at speed,” Sgt Philips said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The van collided with the patrol car causing it to cut out. The van took off towards Banteer but the patrol car caught up with it.
“Again he stopped on a narrow road. On this occasion I stopped about 30 metres behind it. When he reversed I reversed to avoid him. He took off again,” the sergeant said.
By this time other members of An Garda Síochána had been alerted and a stinger was placed across the road which punctured the tyres of the van near Blair’s Inn.
Hayes, who is aged around 20, tried to keep driving but after 200 metres it proved impossible for the van to be driven any further.
Allison McCarthy defence barrister said the accused was on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.
“He is horrified at his own behaviour. He apologised immediately he was stopped,” Ms McCarthy said.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said the case was at the higher end of dangerous driving and endangerment.
“This was particularly long and hazardous. These are all narrow, winding roads.” The judge imposed an overall sentence of three years with the last year suspended. He also disqualified him from driving for a period of 12 years.