These were just some of the allegations made by Garda Daniel Cowman in his objection to bail being granted to the men charged with travelling in the car from Douglas through Rochestown to Passage at around 5pm on Thursday evening, July 2.
Shane Dineen, aged 21, of St Vincent’s Hostel, Anglesea Terrace, was arrested and brought before Cork District Court on 14 charges: Seven for dangerous driving; one for driving a stolen car; five for causing criminal damage to other cars, including a Garda car; and one for having no insurance.
Garda Cowman said the grounds for objection to bail included the seriousness of the charges.
“Members of the public and members of An Garda Síochána were put in serious danger. I believe, if granted bail, he would not turn up in court.
“It is alleged he tried to escape from lawful custody on two occasions [on Thursday] — once after his arrest and once at the Bridewell,” Garda Cowman said.
He said gardaí indicated for the accused to stop at the fingerpost in Douglas at around 5pm on Thursday at the height of rush-hour traffic.
“First he stopped but when I got out of the patrol car he drove off at speed on the Rochestown Rd,” Garda Cowman said.
Detailing the driving that occurred between Douglas and Passage West, Garda Cowman said that, on Rochestown Rd, the accused drove up on the footpath to get away from the patrol car with no regard for pedestrians or other road users.
It was further alleged that gardaí put a Garda patrol car on the road in Passage West to force the accused to stop but instead he rammed the Garda car. No officer was in the car at the time.
The stolen car, it was claimed, then crashed into another car at the scene, causing extensive damage; there was a person in that car, Garda Cowman said.
Joseph Cuddigan, defending, said on behalf of Dineen: “There is no evidence to sustain the proposition that my client was in the vehicle at the time.”
Mr Dineen said he would keep a curfew and sign on ten times a day at a Garda station if granted bail.
Judge Leo Malone refused bail and adjourned the case to July 9.
Co-accused Shane Casey, aged 23, of St Vincent’s Hostel, Anglesea Terrace, applied through Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, for bail on a charge of travelling as a passenger in the car.
Inspector Bill Duane put it to the accused that he could have gotten out of the stolen car when directed by gardaí, but chose not to do so. Mr Casey said he did not know the car was stolen, adding: “I couldn’t get out. Whatever clip was on the door I couldn’t open it.”
Bail was denied and Judge Malone adjourned his case to July 9.