Tuesday 19 September 2017

Motorist arrested ten minutes after being told not to drive

A MAN who was found by Gardai sitting in his car was arrested for being over the limit - ten minutes after officers told him not to drive.

Bernard Quinn ( 48), Ballagan, Greenore, admitted a charge of drink driving at Ghan Road, Carlingford on September 28 2008. Judge Flann Brennan heard how Gardaí had spotted Quinn behind the wheel of his car, which was switched off. They spoke to him and told him not to drive, but ten minutes later, saw him on Ghan Road, Carlingford and arrested him for drink driving. A breath sample showed he was over the limit.

Barrister Irene Sands said her client, a married father-of-three, was 'sincerely remorseful and embarrassed' by the incident. Quinn had never been before the courts and Ms. Sands said she didn't expect him to be there again. She said he is a farmer by occupation and a driving ban would have a ' huge impact' on him.

She added that it was not the fault of her client that the case had taken so long to come to court. Judge Brennan imposed a €450 fine and disqualified him from driving for two years from May 1 2013.