Man jailed for bur­glar­ies and car chase

Irish Examiner - County - - People - Liam Heylin

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.

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