15-year-old driver goaded gardaí to chase him

15-year-old driver goaded gardaí to chase him
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A TEENAGER who drove a Ford Fiesta out in front of gardaí and goaded them to chase him went on to drive dangerously where children were playing in a residential area.

The dangerous situation was described by Inspector Gary McPolin at an in-camera hearing of Cork District Court today to deal with juvenile defendants.

The teenager, who was 15 at the time of the escapade in Cork City and is now 16, pleaded guilty to driving the car dangerously when he appeared in court today.

Judge Aingil Ní Chondúin imposed a three-year driving ban on the teenager and convicted and fined him nominal amounts for three dangerous driving counts.

Inspector McPolin said the young man was not involved in taking drink and drugs but he had a serious issue with cars. The inspector outlined the background to the incident which occurred in August 2018.

The inspector expressed concern about whether or not the teenager had learned his lesson following this incident where there was a serious concern about the safety of young children out playing and the safety of other motorists on the day.

The incident started when the accused drove in front of gardaí at Kilmore Rd, Knocknaheeny, with three other young people in the car. He provoked gardaí and goaded them to chase him. Gardaí had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

The car was then driven dangerously that evening at around 8.30pm on August 29, 2018, on to Courtown Drive when other drivers had to take evasive action to prevent a collision.

The car swerved around until it went back down Kilmore Rd where the four young people jumped out of the Fiesta and ran away.

Throughout this incident, the gardaí had blue flashing beacons indicating for him to stop but he failed to do so as the Fiesta was driven a number of times against oncoming traffic.

In the course of the dangerous driving escapade, a group of children playing on Ardmore Ave had to run out of the way of the Fiesta.

Emma Leahy, defence solicitor, said the defendant was only 16 now and was doing better in his life. Ms Leahy said he was remorseful and was now aware of what could have happened on the evening, particularly regarding the fact that children were playing in the area.

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