Garda saw open beer can in car
Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00
A WOMAN who was caught drink driving while being disqualified from driving had an open can of beer in the car, Drogheda District Court has heard.
Fiona Fitzsimons has been given a three-month sentence which has been suspended for three months and disqualified from driving for three years after she pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified on September 17th, 2011 in Drogheda.
Inspector Alan McGovern gave evidence that at 12.40am gardai stopped Fitzsimons as she was driving erratically.
There was a strong smell of alcohol coming from Fitzsimons and gardai noticed an open can of beer in the car.
She was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and gave a blood specimen of 147ml of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
The court heard that Fitzsimons (34) of Ardcath, Garristown, has two previous convictions.
She was disqualified from driving for three years in 2008 for drink driving.
Defence counsel Liam O'Connell said Fitzsimons was fleeing from her house after she was struck by her former partner.
'She knew she was banned from driving at the time and she no longer drives,' said Mr O'Connell.
Judge Flann Brennan imposed the suspended sentence warning Fitzsimons that if she drives again while disqualified, she will be facing a custodial sentence.