Life ban for driver after police chase in Colindale

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

A PROLIFIC dangerous driver who smashed into a lamppost in Colindale during a police chase has been banned from the road for life.

The arrest of 27-year-old Patrick O’Leary following the crash on the A5 Edgware Road in December last year led to him being linked by his DNA to another incident seven months earlier in which a mother and two-year-old son were injured before the driver ran away.

O’Leary appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday – where nine years ago as a 17-year-old he was handed an eight-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution for killing two people in a taxi cab during a

police chase while driving a stolen BMW on the North Circular Road.

He had been high on drugs at the time and had been banned from driving three days earlier .

His latest court appearance followed the crash in May last year when he smashed into a car in Ponders End, Enfield, trapping the injured mother and her tot inside. He sped off and only came to a halt when he smashed into parked vehicles before running away .

He was caught seven months later after police spotted him jumping a red light in Edgware.

He failed to stop as he was pursued by police and lost control of the vehicle before colliding with the lamppost.

O’Leary, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and other related offences last week and was banned from driving for life and jailed for two years and eight months.

The court was told that O’Leary had 11 convictions for offences of dangerous driving and driving without insurance or a licence, dating back to 2005.

Speaking after sentencing, Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Nicola Calnan said: “To give someone a lifetime driving ban is unusual and reflects O’Leary’ s completely reckless approach to the laws of the road and other people’ s safety.

“He has now caused the tragic death of two people in 2007 and

injured two others, and as a result the CPS has successfully applied to use the full weight of the law to give him absolutely

no excuse. ”

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