Teenager with 15 previous convictions for dangerous driving 'could have killed someone' during high-speed chase

Teenager with 15 previous convictions for dangerous driving 'could have killed someone' during high-speed chase
Popham's Road in Cork city.

SOMEONE could have been killed when a disqualified driver drove through a junction in reverse on the wrong side of the road in an effort to get away from gardaí.

That was the view of Judge Olann Kelleher after hearing the evidence against Aaron Long, aged 19, at Cork District Court yesterday.

Long of 62 Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny was seen driving through a junction at high speed without stopping. 

Gardaí followed him on the night on May 4, 2019, and he drove at high speed on to Farranferris Avenue and on to Popham’s Road.

“On the incorrect side of the road, he reversed at high speed to avoid gardaí. He had no insurance and he was disqualified from driving at the time. 

"He had 49 previous convictions, eight for driving with no insurance and 15 for dangerous driving,” Sergeant John Kelleher said.

Defence solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, said, “He is someone who got into difficulties from a young age. He started taking prescription tablets and that escalated to heroin and he has now been on a methadone treatment programme for the past two months.” 

Judge Kelleher said it was extraordinary that someone as young as 19 would have 15 convictions for dangerous driving.

Mr Kelleher, solicitor, said, “Unfortunately, it seems to be some situation where he just goes into cars.” 

Judge Kelleher said, “He has to learn. It cannot go on. Reversing at the wrong side of the road through junctions.” 

The judge imposed two consecutive five-month jail terms on the dangerous driving charges. 

As well as jailing Aaron Long for ten months the judge disqualified him from driving for ten years.

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