Man jailed for car hijack and Garda chase

A Romanian national has been jailed for four years after he walked along the M50 before hijacking a car at Dublin Airport and getting involved in a dangerous chase with gardaí.

Petrica Lucaci, aged 26, had a minor accident at an M50 toll booth before he abandoned his car and walked for a number of hours to Dublin Airport.

He knocked down a taxi-driver after driving onto a pedestrian median while trying to escape in a BMW he had just hijacked.

During the subsequent chase with airport police and gardaí, Lucaci broke two sets of red lights and drove against two lanes of traffic at the dual carriage on Naul Rd. He then drove the wrong way around the Ballymun Road Roundabout.

He ultimately crashed while trying to perform a U-turn to get back onto the dual carriageway.

Lucaci was arrested after 10 gardaí attempted to restrain him, while he came at them with “fists spinning”. He struck three gardaí during the struggle, with one garda left with a cut behind his ear. He later assaulted two security officers while being treated in Beaumont Hospital.

Lucaci, of Lower Dominick St, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a number of offences on October 7, 2014.

He has no previous convictions in Ireland or Romania and had €2,000 in court as a token of his remorse.


Kya deLongchamps advises us to research, plan and keep our heads during online auctionsHow to keep your head during an online auction

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s growing resentful of her widowed mum’s needy behaviour.Ask a counsellor: My mother is so clingy since losing my dad – what can I do?

Amid all the uncertainty, this year’s London Fashion Week has quietly set about its task of asking how women will dress for the decade ahead, writes Paul McLauchlan.The trends you'll be wearing next season - from London Fashion Week

More From The Irish Examiner