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Mother 'foolishly' drove car after drinking cans of beer despite warning from gardai, court hears

Published 24/06/2014 | 15:30

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A mother who sat in her car drinking cans of beer and drove off after she was warned by gardai not to drive has been convicted of failing to give a urine sample and disqualified from driving for four years.

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Judge Dermot Dempsey told Oksana Smirnova that maybe her three young children would be better off without her for a while.

He said 'How stupid could you be after being warned by gardai not to drive?'

Smirnova (32) of Hampton Green in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to failing or refusing to give a sample at Coolock Garda Station on March 16th.

Garda Brian Reidy gave evidence that while on mobile patrol at 3.30am he came across Smirnova sitting in her car drinking cans of beer.

'The engine wasn't on and the keys were not in the ignition,' said Gda Reidy.

'I requested her not to drive her car and she informed me she wouldn't drive.'

Less than an hour later Gda Reidy spotted the same car being driven without the lights on but the hazard lights were flashing.

He said Smirnova, who was driving the car, narrowly avoided a collision with parked taxis and pedestrians.

She was arrested and refused to provide a urine sample.

Gda Reidy agreed with defence solicitor that Smirnova had co-operated – apart from providing a sample.

Ms D'Arcy said Smirnova is a lone parent looking after her three young children and is struggling with depression.

'She foolishly drove the car,' she said to which Judge Dempsey remarked: 'How stupid could you be after being warned by gardai not to drive. Maybe her three young children would be better off without her for a while.'

'She got the opportunity and now is throwing a few tears in. I have very little sympathy as she was reckless,' added Judge Dempsey, asking 'What example is she setting her children and what has she done about her drinking?'

He convicted and fined her €650 and disqualified her from driving for four years.

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