Man guilty of speeds of up to 140kph in garda chase gets suspended sentence

first_img Twitter By News Highland – November 10, 2015 Twitter Previous articleCampbell calls for a review of flooding hotspots in CregganNext articleFSA urges restaurants to comply with allergen info regulations News Highland A man who admitted 13 offences following a 29-kilometre car chase by gardai was fined a total of €2,900 at Dungloe District Court.Jason Ward, 21, was also given a six-month suspended sentence and barred from driving for four years.Judge Paul Kelly noted Ward had more than 140 milligrammes of alcohol in his blood. He added: “It is a miracle no injury was caused. It is the only reason he is walking out of here today.”An earlier court heard that Ward, of Curransport, Meenlaragh, drove at up to 140 kilometres per hour, sometimes without lights, in the early hours of December 14, 2014, at Main Street, Falcarragh; Glaserchoo, Gortahork; Cosclady and Meenderrygamph, Bunbeg; and at Gortahork.The series of incidents started at 1.05 a.m at Main, St, Falcarragh, when a mini-bus was collecting passengers from a disco.A car driven by Ward, of Curransport, Meenlaragh, approached at speed and swerved out at the rear of the mini-bus and didn’t slow down. It narrowly avoided a collision with the front of the patrol car as it was passing.Later gardai noticed the same vehicle driving away from another disco. They activated the blue light on the patrol car and signalled the vehicle to stop when it was travelling at 120 kmh in a 50 kmh zone.They followed at speeds of up to 120 kmh which at times rose to 140 kmh on a very wet night with large amounts of water on the road. Ward failed to stop for other gardai and at one stage switched off his vehicle lights and drove 500 metres without them.Ward, who works as a tunneler in the UK, admitted 13 offences linked to the chase.  They included five counts of dangerous driving, one of attempting to drive while over the drink limit, and failing to stop for gardai. They also included having no insurance or driving licence and failing to produce the Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Google+ Google+ Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder WhatsApp Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Facebook WhatsApp Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Pinterest Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Facebook Man guilty of speeds of up to 140kph in garda chase gets suspended sentencelast_img