Man fled from gar­daí at speed and crashed into an­other ve­hi­cle

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

A MAN in­volved in a high speed chase with gar­daí be­fore crash­ing into an­other ve­hi­cle has been given a five month sen­tence at Drogheda District Court.

The court heard that on June 22nd, 2916, gar­daí ob­served Craig Reilly, Bee­c­hood Drive, Mar­leys Lane in a ve­hi­cle on the Rath­mullen Road.

When they started to fol­low the car he left at speed and con­tin­ued over Trinity Street with a garda ve­hi­cle with flash­ing lights in pur­suit. A num­ber of ve­hi­cles had to swerve to avoid him and he even­tu­ally crashed into a car.

He was ac­cused of dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Rath­mullen Road and Trinity Street aris­ing out of the in­ci­dent as well of other of­fences in­clud­ing no in­surance, driv­ing with­out a driv­ing li­cence and no tax.

The court heard Reilly has 49 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing four road traf­fic of­fences.

Reilly’s solic­i­tor Paddy Good­win said his client had re­cently be­come a father and asked the judge not to im­pose a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

Judge John Cough­lan dis­qual­i­fied Reilly from driv­ing for ten years and im­posed a sen­tence of five months in cus­tody.

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