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Saturday 19 April 2014

Drove under influence of cannabis

A MOTORIST who drove his car after taking drugs was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for four years at Swords District Court last week.

33-year-old Gregory O'Flaherty, Cromcastle Court, Coolock pleaded guilty to drug driving at Barry Court Road, Coolock on November 22nd 2012. Garda Walter Menton told the court that when he responded to a call about a road traffic accident, he found that O'Flaherty had crashed into a parked vehicle. O'Flaherty alleged that he had been avoiding another car when the collision occurred, however, as his speech was slurred and his eyes ' pinpointed and glassy', Garda Menton arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. A urine sample, volunteered by the defendant, tested positive for the presence of cannabis in his system at the time of the collision. Fiona D'Arcy, solicitor for O'Flaherty said that her client, a father of two children, had a difficulty previously with drugs but that he is now 'completely clean'. Ms D'Arcy said that her client fully accepted that he would be disqualified from driving, she was just asking the court to be lenient about the fine as he is trying to look after his partner, his two children and repay debt on a social welfare payment of just over €300 per week. Imposing the €300 fine, Judge Dermot Dempsey said that he would give the defendant six months in which to pay it. Judge Dempsey also fixed recognissance in the form of the defendant's own surety of € 300 of which €200 must be cash in the 'unlikely event of an appeal'.

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