Dangerous driver who injured mother and son receives lifetime ban


A prolific dangerous driver has been banned from the road for life after injuring a mother and her two-year-old son.

The latest crash caused by Patrick O'Leary, 27, [11/08/1989], came nine years after was handed an eight year sentence to a young offender institution in 2007 for killing two people in a high speed road crash.

In the latest incident O'Leary trapped and injured a mother and her young son after smashing into their car on Northfield Road in Enfield on 23 May 2016.

He had failed to stop at a road traffic junction and did not stop after the accident but sped off, only coming to a halt when he crashed into parked vehicles and ran away.

Seven months later, on 21 December 2016, he was arrested after being spotted driving through a red light on Edgware Road, Colindale, failing to stop for police and crashing into a lamppost.

He was uninsured and without a licence at the time. Police linked him back to the earlier crash through his DNA.

He was banned for driving for life by Her Honour Judge Dean on 9 February at Wood Green Crown Court, while receiving two years and 10 months in prison in total for the driving offences.

O'Leary has 11 convictions for offences of dangerous driving, driving without insurance or a licence, dating back to 2005.

In 2007 he was sent to a young offender institution for eight years by Wood Green Crown Court after causing the death by dangerous driving of two people on 28 April 2007, while disqualified from driving.

CPS London reviewing lawyer Nicola Calnan said: "To give someone a lifetime driving ban is unusual and reflects O'Learys completely reckless approach to the laws of the road and other peoples 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 for ever getting behind the wheel again."