Gardaí had to smash a car window with a hammer and pepper spray the driver after he drove at their car in Cork, a court has heard.
Tony Delaney (25) of Spring Lane Halting Site in Ballyvolane in Cork, was jailed for two years by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Courtafter he pleaded guilty to endangerment at Castlelands, Buttevant on July 20th, 2019
The charge alleged that Delaney recklessly engaged in conduct while attempting to evade capture by gardaí by using his car to try to push their patrol car out on the road into the flow of passing traffic.
Det Garda Aidan Long told the court gardaí received a call at about 8.15am on the day in question that a suspected drunk driver was driving south in a Lexus towards Charleville from the Limerick direction.
Garda Brian Callanan and Garda Conor O’Halloran responded to the call and were driving northwards on the N20 when they met a Lexus coming against them at Ballyhea village.
They turned around and followed the car, with the siren and blue flashing lights turned on.
Delaney continued to drive at high speed, crossing over continuous white lines to overtake cars between Ballyhea and Buttevant.
He drove through Buttevant town at high speed and he eventually stopped at Castlelands, south of the town, some 13km from where gardaí first encountered him.
A back seat passenger got out of the car and ran off but gardaí pulled up and penned in the car. Delaney then tried to ram the Garda car and push it out of his way and on to the roadway.
Garda O’Halloran got out of the patrol car and used an emergency hammer to break the window of the Lexus and b efore deploying pepper-spray on the driver.