Gorey Resident Jailed For 3 Years Following High Speed Garda Chase


A Gorey resident with 108 previous convictions – who led gardaí on a high-speed chase through Dublin city centre in a stolen car – has been jailed for three years.

Leonard Dumbrell stole the car in Ballsbridge and drove it at speed and the wrong way up streets – almost knocking over pedestrians – before crashing it at Temple Bar Square.

Dumbrell of The Park, Clonattin Village, Gorey but originally from Inchicore, Dublin pleaded guilty to car theft in Dublin and two counts of dangerous driving in Dublin city centre on January 2nd, 2013.

After evidence was heard in the case in July last year he had been allowed out on bail to attend residential drug treatment but failed to appear on a subsequent court date.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest and he was remanded in custody when it was executed last June.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said the court had facilitated the 26 year-old but noted that he was finding it hard to stay on the path to rehabilitation.

She imposed concurrent sentences totalling three years and ordered that time spent in custody was to be taken into account. She disqualified him from driving for five years.

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