Ireland: High speed garda pursuit involving man who’d taken ‘magic mushrooms’ and thought his car was an aeroplane

A MAN who had consumed magic mushrooms crashed into a roundabout while being pursued by gardai as he hoped his car would turn into an airplane, Limerick Circuit Court heard.

During a sentencing hearing, a garda sergeant described how the accused drove on the wrong side of the road at speeds of 140km/hr near Patrickswell forcing oncoming cars into the way of the gardai who were in pursuit.

John O’Mahony, aged 29, of Clara Road, Millstreet, County Cork pleaded guilty to two counts of endangerment, 10 of dangerous driving, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision in Charleville.

Prosecuting barrister, John O’Sullivan, instructed by state solicitor Padraig Mawe, outlined the evidence with the assistance of Sergeant Donagh Walsh.

Mr O’Sullivan said the incident started at 5pm on April 4, 2021 in Kanturk when a car drove past a garda checkpoint “at great and dangerous speed heading towards Mallow”. The garda wasn’t able to catch up with the vehicle driven by Mr O’Mahony due to the speed he was travelling at.

Mr O’Sullivan said this was the start of “very bad and reckless driving for over an hour” from North Cork to the Raheen Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Limerick city where the “vehicle became airborne” in a collision with a roundabout.

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