Saturday 18 November 2017

Dad drank 10 pints before leading gardai on a high speed chase

Gardai were forced to give chase in both cars and on foot
Gardai were forced to give chase in both cars and on foot

Andrew Phelan

A DRUNK driver who narrowly avoided crashing into other cars before trying to escape gardai in a high-speed chase, as well as on foot, has been jailed for three months.

Tony Barry (32) drank 10 pints after a work conference before he got behind the wheel and drove dangerously in west Dublin. Judge David McHugh said although he had no prior drunk driving convictions, the sentence was one the accused "well and truly deserved."

Barry, a father-of-four from Maurice Mills, Kilnamona, Co Clare, pleaded guilty to dangerous and drunk driving.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened on the Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, on October 18 last year.

The court heard gardai on patrol at 1.10am saw the accused's 151-D registered car driving at speed and in an erratic and dangerous manner. He narrowly avoided colliding with another vehicle and a taxi driver had to take evasive action.

The gardai pursued the accused for 800 metres and the car stopped when it hit a gate.

Barry got out and tried to make good his escape, but was arrested at the Nangor Road.


Barry had been at a work conference in the Citywest hotel and was drinking in the Red Cow Inn afterwards, his solicitor said. She added he was so intoxicated he did not remember getting into the car.

The accused had been staying at the hotel and could have ordered a taxi, so it was an "absolutely ridiculous thing to do", she said, before adding that he "wasn't thinking clearly" when he tried to escape.

Barry's alcohol reading was 265mg per 100ml of urine - nearly four times the limit of 67mg.

"If a jail sentence isn't warranted on this occasion, when would it be?" the judge said.

He banned the defendant from driving for three years and fined him €300. The accused served notice of appeal and was released.

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