A motorcyclist who agreed to take a new bike out for a test drive for a friend panicked when he was stopped by a garda and took off at a speed of up to 130kmh in Cork City.
Garda Jim Bugler said the highest speeds were reached on the South Link Rd but that it was also driven at speed through a housing estate at Greenhills Court where children were playing on the green areas.
Judge Olann Kelleher said yesterday at Cork District Court: “This could have been very dangerous with all the children playing there. He created the danger by driving through as speed.” Judge Kelleher praise the actions of Garda Jim Bugler who pursued the motor- cyclist and arrested him.
“Garda Bugler did well to prevent a serious tragedy and great credit is due to him for that,” Judge Kelleher said.
The case against Mark Sheehan, aged 41, of 37 Ivy Crescent, South Douglas Rd, Cork, was listed for hearing yesterday at Cork District Court but Insp John Deasy said the prosecution was prepared to reduce two dangerous driving charges to careless driving and Sheehan was then prepared to plead guilty to all charges.
Those charges included driving without insurance or licence, failing to stop for Garda Bugler, and the two counts of dangerous driving. As well as being fined of €900, Sheehan was disqualified from driving for two years.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the accused had not been in any difficulties for 10 years and was in full-time employment and looking after his family. On the day in question he agreed to take another bike for a test drive for a friend. While Sheehan had insurance for his own bike, he had none for the bike he was test driving.
Garda Bugler spotted him at the South Link Rd at 8.25pm on June 20, 2014, and signalled for him to stop. He did so but as soon as the officer stepped out of his l car he took off at speed, pursued by the Garda car with blue lights and siren activated.
Sheehan ended up driving up a pedestrian path. Garda Bugler had to follow on foot and found the accused hiding in a garden. The owner of the garden had reported the intrusion and as soon as Garda Bugler called out, Sheehan climbed over the fence and gave himself up.
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