Monday 19 February 2018

'I'll give you €3k to walk away', drunk driver told garda after being caught behind wheel

Gardai checkpoint
Gardai checkpoint

Andrew Phelan

A drunk driver offered a garda "three grand" to walk away when he caught him behind the wheel while over the limit.

Ramin Badalov (38) said: "I will give you three grand now. Right here."

He then told another garda who came on the scene he would give him "five grand".

Badalov, a computer sales and repair man and father-of-two, pleaded guilty to drunk driving when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case for the production of a pre-sentence probation report.

The court heard gardai were on patrol on September 23, 2014, when they responded to a call that a man was acting suspiciously in a Mercedes.

He was driving at speed out of Beverly Estate, near his home, and turned through three different junctions without indicating. The garda turned on his blue lights and sounded the siren and signalled the driver to stop.

He then identified himself to the driver, who was intoxicated.

When cautioned, Badalov said "he would give me three grand now if I walk away. He said I will give you three grand now. Right here", the officer said.

Badalov told the garda he was an alcoholic. Another garda then arrived and Badalov told him: "Five grand, five grand."

He then had to be restrained.

Badalov was arrested and taken to Terenure Garda Station where he had a blood alcohol reading of more than twice the legal limit.

The court heard the accused had three previous convictions for drink-driving.

Badalov, originally from Azerbaijan, was living at Orlagh Grove, Knocklyon, and had been in Ireland for 16 years.

His business had closed down in 2009 because of the recession.

He then fell into depression and started drinking, his lawyer said.

Badalov was "heavily intoxicated" at the time of the offence, she continued.

He had not taken drink since then.

"The report is going to have to be very good if he's to avoid a prison sentence," the judge said, adjourning the case.


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