A WOMAN who became violent towards Gardaí in Letterkenny attempted to escape from a patrol car after being arrested. 

Shania Barrett (18), with an address at Fortwell Court, Letterkenny, was before Letterkenny District Court in connection with the incident on August 17, 2020.

Gardaí received a report of two females involved in a disturbance outside the Four Lanterns on Main Street at 5.40pm on the date in question.

Barrett, the court heard, became ‘quite violent’ following her apprehension.

“She made several attempts to get away, trying to lunge over the driver side while the Garda car was in transit,” Sergeant Jim Collins told the court.

“She became very aggressive and violent towards Gardaí, which led to her arrest.”

Barrett, the court was told, was ‘extremely intoxicated’ but became compliant and apologetic when conveyed to Letterkenny Garda Station.

Solicitor for Barrett, Mr Donough Cleary, said his client was a native of Galway who sometimes ‘moves from friend to friend’. He said his client had an ‘unfortunate background’ which was having a profound effect.

Mr Cleary said Barrett attempted to escape from custody as she felt sick.

Judge Paul Kelly applied the probation act.


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