Dublin man who drove over garda’s leg is jailed for harmful driving

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A Dublin man has been handed a four-year sentence for harmful driving which resulted in him flattening and driving over a garda’s leg.

Dublin Circuit Legal Courtroom heard that on December twenty second, 2014, gardaí had been alerted to a driver who was driving dangerously within the St Patrick Avenue space of Dublin.

The court docket heard gardaí noticed a person who was later recognized as James Flood (30) of Temple Avenue West, Dublin 7, driving via pink lights, driving on the fallacious facet of the highway in the direction of oncoming site visitors and damaging different automobiles.

Gardaí started a pursuit of the automotive, however Flood did not cease even when the blue lights of the Garda automotive was engaged, the court docket heard.

Garda David Hoare tried to dam the trail of Flood, and in consequence, he was knocked to the bottom, and Flood proceeded to drive over his leg and foot.

Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, advised the court docket that when the automotive Flood had been driving was lastly delivered to a cease and Flood was arrested, he gave a false title to gardaí.

Flood, who has 75 earlier convictions, together with a quantity for harmful driving and driving with out insurance coverage, made full admissions of guilt throughout his Garda interview.

Absconded

The court docket heard this offence befell in December 2014 however was delayed in continuing to court docket as Flood absconded for a while.

Flood pleaded responsible to deliberately or recklessly partaking in conduct which resulted within the harm of a member of gardaí.

Carol Doherty BL, defending, advised the court docket her shopper suffered from a drug-induced psychosis, which exacerbated his offending. She mentioned her shopper indicated in his interview that he absolutely accepted what he did and mentioned he was on loads of sleeping drugs on the time and was sorry to all concerned.

Decide Pauline Codd counseled Garda Hoare for his actions in the midst of responsibility.

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She mentioned the accused carried out sporadic appalling driving, which aggravated the conduct of the accused. She famous his conduct was within the higher vary of offences.

Decide Codd famous Flood’s early responsible plea, his full admission and apology for his actions. Moreover, she took under consideration his psychosis, his drug abuse and the neglect he had as a baby who grew up in chronically antagonistic circumstances into consideration as mitigating elements.

Decide Codd sentenced Flood to 4 and a half years in jail however suspended the ultimate six months beneath the situations that he stays beneath the supervision of the probation and retains the peace, and be of excellent behaviour for one yr post-release.

He should additionally have interaction in residential therapy if directed and is disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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