The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing the car and to dangerous driving on February 24th.
Dublin Children’s Court heard the youth,led officers on a high-speed pursuit, which ended when he lost control after crashing into a roundabout and “spun” off the road.
Judge Brendan Toale adjourned sentencing the boy, who remains on bail.
Garda David Jordan told the court the Volkswagen Golf was reported stolen at 12:05am in Cabra, Dublin.
The owner had been unpacking after returning from a holiday and had left the keys in the car when it was stolen from outside their house.
A patrol car activated its light and sirens and followed, but the stolen car continued to the N4 at speed. The court heard, “the Garda air support unit was not able to keep up due to the speeds involved”.
At one point, the stolen car overtook a lorry on the hard shoulder to evade gardaí, and after 35 minutes, the driver collided with a roundabout and “spun” off the road at Edgeworthstown.
Gardaí caught up, and the boy, then 15, was found sitting in the driver’s seat.
Judge Toale remanded the boy, accompanied to court by a parent, on continuing bail to next month. He asked for an updated pre-sentence probation report on the teen and gardaí to canvas the car owner on whether they wished to make a victim impact statement.