Diplomat charged with drink driving
Published 03/11/2010 | 05:00
A diplomat has been charged with drink driving after he was allegedly spotted by gardai driving through the centre of Dublin in a car with only two tyres.
But gardai may now be forced to withdraw the charge if the man's claim of diplomatic immunity is officially confirmed. The official, who is attached to the Ukrainian embassy in Ballsbridge, is due to appear in Dublin District Court later this month.
He was charged with drink driving after he was arrested by gardai on Sunday night and taken to Store Street garda station.
The diplomat was detained when gardai investigated a report that a Toyota Yaris car was being driven on Ellis Quay with sparks emerging from the wheels on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
The man told gardai in the station that he was seeking diplomatic immunity and declined to undertake a breath test.
Gardai were unable to confirm his claim because it was late at night and he was charged with the offence.
However, inquiries subsequently indicate that the man works at the embassy and if his diplomatic status is officially confirmed by the Ukranians and the Department of Foreign Affairs it is likely that the charge will be withdrawn when the case is called in the court.
Gardai will also have to consult with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before any decision can be reached.
Diplomatic status for officials representing foreign governments is recognised in most countries and has been invoked here in the past.