Donegal man pleads guilty to ramming Garda car

November 10, 2019

A DONEGAL man has pleaded guilty to a series of charges that include endangerment after driving intentionally into a Garda car while he was over three times the legal drink-drive limit. 

John Tierney, with addresses at 10 Brandon Park, St Johnston, and 33 Celtic Apartment, Pearse Road, Letterkenny was before Letterkenny Circuit Court to face a number of matters.

Tierney pleaded guilty to charges following the incident at Cullion Road, Letterkenny on August 1, 2018.

The charges state that Tierney intentionally or recklessly drove his vehicle, a Mazda 3, in the direction of Gardaí before colliding with a stationary patrol car.

Tierney also faced charges of criminal damage to the patrol car, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and drink driving. Tierney had a blood-alcohol reading of 161mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, over three times the legal limit.

Tierney also faced a charge of dangerous driving at Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny on the same date.

The defendant spoke only to plead guilty.

Tierney was also before the same court on other charges.

The 30-year-old was arraigned for robbery of a woman on 24 February, 2016 at Courtyard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny, where he stole items including a coat, a purse, a credit card, a bank card, €40 cash and £40Stg, while subjecting the woman to force. Tierney pleaded guilty.

Tierney also pleaded guilty to a Robbert on 26 February, 2016, at the car park of the Courtyard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny, were he stole items including a black holdall black containing a tracksuit, white shorts and Sketchers runners, while subjecting a woman to force. 

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until the next session of Letterkenny Circuit Court.