Man with 16 previous convictions off road
A MAN who was going to collect his wife was put off the road for two years when he appeared before a special sitting of Gorey District Court yesterday (Monday).
Thomas Nolan (45), 131 Benmadigan Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 was charged with drunken driving at Ballintray Lower, Courtown Harbour on February 24, 2012.
Garda Tony Ferris said he was conducting a random Mandatory Alcohol Test checkpoint on the night in question when he stopped Nolan.
He failed the roadside test and was brought to Gorey Garda Station where he had a breath alcohol concentration of 46mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Nolan also gave evidence saying he had a very clear recollection of the night.
He said he was having his second drink when his wife telephoned asking him to collect her as it was too dark to work.
Acting for Nolan solicitor Garreth Fitzpatrick said there was a 20-minute delay from the time of arrest to arriving in Gorey Garda Station.
Judge Patrick Clyne said he didn't feel there was any unlawful custody.
The court heard Nolan has 16 previous convictions and is the married father-of-three. Judge Clyne fined him €600 and put him off the road for two years endorsing his licence.