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Detective garda convicted of dangerous driving

Kevin Keys was fined and disqualified for two years after being involved in a crash on the M50.

A DETECTIVE GARDA has been convicted of dangerous driving after he was involved in a crash in an unmarked garda car.

Kevin Keys, of Mountjoy station in north Dublin city, was fined €500 and disqualified from holding a driver’s license for two years in court today.

However, he was found not guilty of taking the car without authorisation.

Det Gda Keys was driving the car on February 6, 2010 when it was involved in a crash with a 4×4 on the M50.

The court heard he had been rostered to work until 5pm that day, but had gone to a pub in Phibsboro at around 2pm and stayed there until around 7.30pm, the Irish Times reported last month.

The incident was investigated by the Garda Ombudsman, who gathered evidence and sent the file to the DPP which then decided to launch a prosecution.

It’s understood that no decision has yet been made on whether Det Gda Keys will face additional professional disciplinary measures.

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