Selfies led to jail and driving ban for motorist who sped off from gardaí

Selfies taken by a motorist led to his prosecution on multiple counts of dangerous driving after he took off at speed from gardaí through red lights in Cork City.

William O’Sullivan was jailed for four months at Cork District Court by Judge Olann Kelleher yesterday.

He was also banned from driving for six years.

The 24-year-old was approached at Lavitt’s Quay by Garda Kevin Connolly, but he took off over Patrick’s Bridge through a red light, drove through another red light on the other side, and through a third on Bridge St and up Patrick’s Hill against the one-way system.

Garda Connolly decided that, in the interests of public safety, it would be safer to discontinue the pursuit.

However, the motorist was still detected definitively with the help of his own phone.

The car was abandoned at Grosvenor’s Place, off Wellington Rd, a short time later.

The driver and his two passengers ran away.

However, when Garda Connolly arrived at the scene, he found a mobile phone had fallen on the ground directly outside the driver’s door of the car.

The phone was later examined and photographs retrieved. Included in the photographs were several selfies that Garda Connolly recognised as the driver that he had been talking to at Lavitt’s Quay before the Ford Ka was driven away. The pictures were circulated across a number of Garda stations.

Garda Michael Nagle identified the driver as O’Sullivan, of 2 Comeragh Close, The Glen, Cork.

Judge Kelleher sentenced O’Sullivan yesterday on four counts of dangerous driving, as well as driving while disqualified, having no insurance and no licence, arising out of this incident in the early hours of February 27.

A concurrent four-month jail term was imposed on the accused arising out of a similar incident before lunchtime on August 8 when O’Sullivan failed to stop at a checkpoint at Upper Fairhill in the city.

Garda Michael Bohane had to jump out of the way of the car to avoid being knocked down.

Cars being driven in the opposite direction had to take evasive action to avoid collisions.

Inspector Adrian Gamble said the accused had 44 previous convictions including multiple counts of dangerous driving, drink-driving, and having no insurance.

Emmet Boyle, defence solicitor, said O’Sullivan was arrested a month ago for failing to appear in court for his case.


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