Cork man is jailed for driving across pedestrian steps in the middle of the day

Cork man is jailed for driving across pedestrian steps in the middle of the day

“At Glen Avenue, it crossed pedestrian steps and a park, before driving on to Assumption Road.”

Someone could have been killed by a car driven across pedestrian steps in the middle of the day, a sentencing judge said.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a total jail term of 11 months on Eugene Bannon, 33, of Windy Heights, Monard, Rathpeacon, who pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, at a time when he was disqualified, and to dangerous driving.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said: “Just after 2pm on September 21, 2018, gardaí observed him drive a Volkswagen Passat, at speed, from Comeragh Park on to Glen Avenue, failing to stop at the junction.

“The driver ignored an indication for him to stop. It sped off dangerously, overtaking another vehicle on the brow of the hill on Glen Avenue.

“At Glen Avenue, it crossed pedestrian steps and a park, before driving on to Assumption Road.”

A five-month jail term was imposed on the accused.

Judge Olann Kelleher said the accused had shown scant regard for the courts, by driving at a time when he was disqualified and that a jail term had to be imposed on the accused.

Garda Danielle Love encountered the same defendant driving in July, at Fairfield Road.

Garda Love was aware that he was uninsured at the time and she seized the vehicle.

Shane Collins-Daly, solicitor, indicated that the sentence would be appealed.

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