Guilty: rampage driver who put three Gardai in hospital
MAN CONTINUOUSLY RAMMED SQUAD CARS IN PURSUIT
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.