Thursday 19 October 2017

€2.5 million Lotto jackpot winner banned from driving for two years

A LOTTO MILLIONAIRE has been banned from driving for two years after failing to provide a breath sample when arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

William Waters (69), of 23 St James Villas, Campile, who won a jackpot of more than €2.5 million in 1993, came before Judge Gerard Haughton at Wexford District Court last week.

When the case was called, defending solicitor Colette Culleton said she had only just received instructions in the matter. She asked for copies of relevant statements and for an adjournment.

Judge Haughton replied however that case had already been marked 'peremptory' (meaning no further adjournments) on the court list for both July 2 and October 2 last. A final adjournment was then nevertheless granted on October 2 on condition that the defendant see a solicitor immediately. He should have done so rather than waiting until the day it was next listed, and the case would therefore go ahead.

A short recess wa allowed, and when the case was recalled, Ms Culleton said a plea of 'guilty' was being entered.

Sergeant Michael Troy told how the defendant was stopped while driving on August 7 last year. He was suspected of being over the legal alcohol limit and so was conveyed to Wexford Garda Station. He was requested to provide a breath sample, but was unable to do so.

Ms Culleton said the defendant suffered from asthma. He made genuine attempts to provide a sample, but all attempts proved unsuccessful.

Judge Haughton imposed a fine of €300 as well as the driving ban, and ordered that the conviction be endorsed on the driving licence.