Jailed for dangerous driving at roundabout

Death or serious injury could have resulted from the outrageous driving of a man who, speeding away from gardaí, drove the wrong way around roundabouts and crashed into a CIÉ bus.

Jailed for dangerous driving at roundabout

Judge Leo Malone stated at Cork District Court yesterday: “The public were in grave danger of serious injury of death. This was outrageous behaviour.”

Denis Kepple, aged 25, with an address at Monastery Way, Fairhill, Cork, pleaded guilty to several charges including counts of dangerous driving arising out of the incident.

Inspector Adrian Gamble said gardaí at Gurranabraher in Cork spotted a car at Glengarriffe Rd and noted the car had been involved in a previous incident.

Gardaí activated the blue lights and siren on the patrol car but the vehicle sped off to Bantry Park Rd and on to Knockfree Avenue.

Insp Gamble said Kepple drove the car the wrong way around roundabouts at Knockpogue Avenue and Fairhill, forcing oncoming cars to take evasive action.

Kepple’s car then collided with a bus at a bus stop.

Insp Gamble said that all passengers had alighted from the bus at the time of the accident. The driver also happened to be standing on the footpath beside the door of the bus.

Kepple and the front-seat passenger ran from the crashed car, which then rolled back and collided with the chasing Garda car.

Emmet Boyle, solicitor, said the accused pleaded guilty to counts of dangerous driving and having no insurance.

Kepple had 46 previous convictions including 10 counts for dangerous driving and four for no insurance.

Mr Boyle said the accused recently got a seven-month jail sentence for burglary.

Judge Malone imposed a sentence of five months on Kepple yesterday, to start at the end of the seven months he was already serving.

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