A DRINK driver sped away from gardaí and drove dangerously through a number of residential areas and today he was jailed for ten months and banned from driving for ten years.
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed that sentence on Luke Quilligan, also known as Luke Gray, who was living at a halting site at Little Island.
A number of five-month jail terms were imposed on the accused arising out of the driving escapade and other crimes committed by the same defendant.
Two of those sentences were made consecutive, leaving him facing a total term of ten months in jail.
Defence solicitor, Pat Horan, said the accused had a difficult home life and had addiction difficulties at the time of the offences.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said, “On May 15, 2018, at 8.30pm gardaí from Gurranabraher were on patrol on Kilmore Road when they observed a blue Opel Vectra driving erratically.
When gardaí signalled for him to stop he failed to do so and continued at speed.
“Following a number of counts of dangerous driving the vehicle came to a stop in a cul de sac in Churchfield Avenue.
He had €20 cannabis in his possession at the time.
“(Before that) the vehicle increased speed and turned right on to Dunmore Gardens.
"Gardaí followed at a safe distance and it failed to yield at the junction of Kilmore Road and swerved on to the right-hand lane on Kilmore Road.
"He narrowly avoided a collision with oncoming vehicles at the Churchfield Road/ Churchfield Avenue junction," Sgt Davis added.
On a separate occasion at 3.30am on January 22 at Cork Airport Garda Chris Campbell observed the defendant, who is 24, and he was deemed to be drunk and a danger.
On October 20, 2018, he stole a bottle of Hugo Boss fragrance at Debenham’s in Mahon.