Wednesday 18 October 2017

Event manager fell asleep in wrong car after night out drinking

Kelvin Sheridan
Kelvin Sheridan

Andrew Phelan

AN EVENT manager mistook someone else's car for his own after a night's drinking and went to sleep in it.

Gardai found Kelvin Sheridan (32) lying in the back seat of the Audi with his keys in the ignition the next morning after the owner complained.

He pleaded guilty to unauthorised interference with the car at Bow Lane in Dublin city centre on July 3, 2015.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €200 and put him on a one-year peace bond.

Sgt Zita Woods told Dublin District Court gardai were called at 7.30am and found the accused lying in the back seat.

He was "not known to the owner", she said. There was no sign of forced entry and the car was not damaged.

The court heard Sheridan, of The Downs, Willow Grove, Delgany, Co Wicklow, had been out drinking the night before and returned to what he thought was his own car.

His own keys were in the ignition when gardai found him.

Asked how he got into the car, Sheridan told the judge the back door was open, as far as he knew.

Intoxicated

Sheridan had worked on festivals and other events but is currently not working.

He owned the same kind of car, had been intoxicated the night before and could have argued he had a reasonable cause to believe it was his, she told the judge.

The charge against him was under Section 113 of the Road Traffic Act.

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