A TRALEE man denied in court that he rang an ambulance to get a lift home after missing the bus on a night out in Listowel.
Despite garda evidence to the contrary, Patrick McEnerney of Ballyrickard Court, Tralee, insisted that he called the ambulance for a friend who was 'out cold' after banging his head on the ground.
Superintendent Dan Keane told Listowel District Court that gardaí were responding to a call to assist ambulance crew at 11.35pm on April 24 last and found Mr McEnerney shouting abuse at and threatening gardaí.
At one point, Mr McEnerney put his hands into the garda's face, the court heard.
Supt Keane said that when gardaí asked him why he had called an ambulance, the defendant said he and his friend wanted to get a lift back to Tralee because they had missed the bus.
Solicitor Richard Liston told the court that his client vehemently denied this, insisting that the ambulance was called when his friend banged his head on the ground and was 'out cold.'
The pair did miss the bus, he said, but his friend was injured and severely intoxicated.
Mr Liston told the court that the pair had been socialising in Listowel and Mr McEnerney's friend was severely intoxicated and fell and banged his head. The defendant walked his friend to the bus stop but they missed the bus and he called the man's mother instead.
Realising his friend was 'out cold' he decided to ring an ambulance for assistance, the court heard.
Mr Liston said that as the ambulance crew were dealing with the friend, he began to wake up and the ambulance staff deemed it 'inappropriate' to bring him to Tralee.
"He rang to go to the hospital, not for a quick spin to Tralee," Mr Liston said, adding that his client wished to apologise for his actions towards gardaí on the night.
He added that his client has since enlisted with AA 'with a view to quietening himself.'
"This was an unfortunate situation and he wishes to apologise to gardaí for his actions on the night," Mr Liston told the court.
Judge James O'Connor convicted Mr McEnerney of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour and fined him €250.