Man jailed for burglaries and car chase
A Charleville man was last week jailed for four years for three burglaries in the town and a high-speed driving escapade in a stolen car which ended when he crashed through a ditch as gardaí followed with blue lights and sirens activated.
Garda Gary O’Sullivan gave evidence at the sentencing for Calvin O’Reilly of Brohill, Charleville, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
On April 16, O’Reilly stole a car from outside a third house he had burgled within a period of days, and took off at speed when gardaí approached.
“He drove onto the main Limerick-Cork road. Several Garda vehicles were in the area,” the garda said. “He was doing 150km per hour. He was veering all over the road. This continued for four miles.
“Near Bruree, the vehicle suddenly applied the brakes and made a right turn up a narrow road, followed by patrol cars. It crashed into a ditch and was stuck in a field. Calvin O’Reilly and the person with him in the vehicle were both arrested.
“He had cannabis in his system at the time of the incihearing dent,” Garda O’Sullivan said.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a sent ce of six years, with the last two years suspended.
The charges related to driving a car taken without consent, driving dangerously and under the influence of an intoxicant, three burglaries and related charges. He was also banned from driving for 12 years.