A hairdresser led gardaí on a 16km chase just days after she finished serving a four-year driving ban for dangerous driving.
Natalie McGee, aged 22, tried to out-speed gardaí and drove down dirt roads across west Donegal on November 30, 2015.
She only stopped when her car began to smoke and gradually came to a halt.
When gardaí finally caught up with Ms McGee, they discovered that she had no tax or insurance on the car and did not have a driver’s license.
Solicitor for Ms McGee, Kieran Dillon, said his client panicked when she saw gardaí and they activated their flashing lights and sirens.
He said she had a troubled background and was now a trainee hairdresser who was now trying to get on with her life.
However, Judge Paul Kelly warned Mr Dillon that his client could go to jail as a result of her latest escapade, saying, “her liberty is at risk here.”
Falcarragh District Court heard how Ms McGee, of Ballina, Falcarragh, has six previous convictions for dangerous driving and two for having no insurance.
Judge Kelly adjourned the case until May 18 and ordered a probation report.
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