Fresh charges for man accused of crashing car into motorcycle garda

Thirteen fresh charges have been brought against a man accused of crashing a stolen car into a motorcycle garda and endangering his life.

Sgt Pat Lyons charged John Paul O’Driscoll, aged 27, of no fixed address, but originally from Fairhill, Cork, with the 13 counts yesterday.

O’Driscoll replied: “I apologise to the guard.”

The first new charge was that on April 18 at the N20 at Shean Upper, Blarney, Co Cork, O’Driscoll intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another person in that he drove a stolen vehicle at speed whilst intoxicated the wrong way on a dual-carriageway.

The second charge was that at Glencaum, Rathduff, Co Cork, he drove a stolen vehicle at a Garda motorcyclist which resulted in a serious collision which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another. Other new charges include driving a stolen car and several counts of dangerous driving and crashing into cars in traffic at Parnell Place, Douglas St, Douglas Rd and Leitrim St.

An older charge of stealing a car at MacCurtain St and two counts related to insurance were withdrawn.

Because they are new charges, the accused cannot be remanded in custody for more than one week on his first remand. Insp Mary King applied to have the case remanded to Cork District Court tomorrow for video link to Cork Prison. O’Driscoll said through his solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, that he wanted to be brought to court in person.

Judge Con O’Leary remanded him in custody to June 17.

Co-accused Damian Fitzgerald, aged 26, of 62 Inniscarra Rd, Fairhill, Cork, who faced no fresh charges, was remanded in custody to the same date.

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