Guilty: ram­page driver who put three Gar­dai in hospi­tal

MAN CON­TIN­U­OUSLY RAMMED SQUAD CARS IN PUR­SUIT

Bray People - - Schools Report -

A MAN who went on a danger­ous driv­ing ram­page caus­ing three Gar­dai to be taken to hospi­tal has pleaded guilty at Ark­low District Court.

John Rooney with an ad­dress at 25 An­chor Mews, Ark­low was the sub­ject of a Garda pur­suit where he con­tin­u­ously rammed both a marked and un­marked pa­trol ve­hi­cle which re­sulted in them be­ing writ­ten off.

The in­ci­dent oc­cured on April 5 of this year and took Garda Gary Bran­don, Garda Brian Nod­well and Garda Aine O’Re­gan on a high speed chase through­out Ark­low Town and out to­wards Jack Whites be­fore a Wick­low Garda Sta­tion check­point re­sulted in the even­tual ar­rest of the de­fen­dant.

Garda Bran­don told the court that Rooney crossed a white line, drove on a pave­ment putting pedes­tri­ans in dan­ger and took a round­about from the wrong di­rec­tion in a bid to es­cape from mem­bers.

He was also in­tox­i­cated while be­hind the wheel with a con­cen­tra­tion of 139mcg of al­co­hol to 100ml of blood.

Fur­ther charges were also for Rooney on the day of court dated April 14 at Kil­clo­ran and in­clude no tax, no NCT, no li­cence and fail­ure to pro­duce doc­u­ments.

Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan im­posed fines to­talling ¤950 for the April 14 mat­ters.

The court heard that the de­fen­dant has eight pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing a six month sus­pended sen­tence handed down at Gorey court.

Rooney was re­manded in cus­tody and will re­turn to Gorey District Court on Oc­to­ber 2 to have this mat­ter dealt with and will then face penalty for the April 5 charges at Ark­low on Oc­to­ber 8.

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