Monday 25 September 2017

Drink driver 'had gardai running around in circles'

A MAN who has had gardai 'running around in circles after him' was convicted of drink driving in his absence at Balbriggan District Court last week.

Mareks Treinovskis, (27), Cardy Rock Crescent, Balbriggan was arrested in Ceol na Mara estate, Lower Main Street, Rush after Garda Martin O'Brien had seen him turn into the estate at speed without indicating at 11.45pm. Mr Treinovskis turned into the private driveway of a house in the estate and when he got out of the car and started walking away, Garda O'Brien stopped him. The defendant initially claimed to live at the address where he parked the car but he eventually gave his correct address and admitted that he had drunk two pints that night. As his speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and there was a smell of alcohol from his breath, he was given a breath test which he failed. He was then arrested and brought to Balbriggan Garda staiton where a sample of blood taken proved that he was over the legal limit. He was charged with drink driving at Balbriggan District Court on January 5 and released on bail to January 26. He did not appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He was given bail a second time but did not appear later in court. 'He has us running around in circles after him,' said Garda O'Brien. Judge Dermot Dempsey issued a bench warrant for his arrest to bring him before the court for sentencing. With 11 prior convictions under the Road Traffic Act, Garda Martin O'Brien told the court that the defendant committed this drink driving offence while disqualified.