Man charged in incident where three Garda cars were rammed by a van carrying six young children, including a five-month-old

A man has been charged with a total of nine offenses stemming from an incident in Cork in which three Garda patrol cars were rammed by a van carrying six young children, the youngest of whom was just five months old.

The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Cork District Court charged with a range of offenses ranging from dangerous driving and criminal vandalism to false imprisonment and failing to complete a test rehearsal at Bridewell Garda handing over the station was enough.

The false detention charge relates to the man’s partner at Carr’s Hill in Cork.

It is also alleged that the man violated a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act, leaving his partner in fear that she and her children would be injured or killed.

The man was arrested following a major Garda operation on Wednesday night, which was started when a van was driving erratically on the main Dublin-Cork motorway outside Fermoy just after 9pm.

Concerned motorists had sounded the alarm at Gardaí.

During a 40km trek, three Garda patrol cars were rammed in the General Mahon area and the van was only successfully stopped when members of the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) used a ‘stinger’ device near Carr’s Hill .

Three Garda patrol cars were badly damaged in the incident.

Judge Colm Roberts was told the van the defendant was driving was allegedly occupied by his partner and six children.

The children were between ten years and five months old.

Judge Roberts was told that after being arrested, warned and charged by Gardaí, the man replied: “No comment on nine charges.”

The court heard that two Gardaí had to be taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for medical treatment as a result of the ramming incidents.

Outlining the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident, Gardaí said officers attempted to stop a van on the approach to Mahon late Wednesday night due to concerns about the manner of driving.

It is alleged that the vehicle then rammed several Garda vehicles – twice an SUV operated by the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU).

The van then allegedly drove the wrong way at high speed down a ramp onto the busy N40 ring road around Cork city.

It is also alleged that the speeding van went the wrong way around a busy roundabout and was only stopped on Carr’s Hill when Gardaí used a special “stinger” device to puncture its tires and immobilize the vehicle .

A total of five vehicles were damaged in the incident.

The accused was arrested at the scene and taken to Bridewell Garda Station for questioning under the Criminal Justice Act.

He now faces a total of three counts of dangerous driving on September 28, three counts of criminal damage to Garda patrol vehicles, one count of false imprisonment and one count of failing to comply with a request for an oral fluid sample to be tested on suspicion of intoxication Drive contrary to the Road Traffic Act when asked to do so at Bridewell Garda Station.

Garda Paul Dromey said the state is refusing bail in the case and is seeking pre-trial detention because the charges are serious.

In evidence for the court, Garda Dromey said the defendant made “serious and very violent efforts to evade arrest” on Wednesday night.

He said the nature of the incident put the accused’s own life at risk – as well as the lives of his family, other road users and members of An Garda Síochana.

Gardaí said they were concerned that the defendant might attempt to intimidate his partner and family if he was granted bail.

There were also concerns that if the defendant is released on bail, he may not appear in court to face the charges.

Judge Roberts refused bail and remanded the accused.

He ordered he to appear again in Cork District Court the next October 6 via video link.

The court has been told the case will be given top priority by Gardaí with a large team of detectives and uniformed officers now assigned to him.

It is hoped that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) instructions will be delivered by next month. Man charged in incident where three Garda cars were rammed by a van carrying six young children, including a five-month-old

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