Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Sure I'm balubas' - what drunk driver told gardai after she drove wrong way around roundabout

* Court heard driver had two glasses of wine and ten beers before she got behind the wheel
* Drove wrong side of a roundabout in North Dublin
* Taxi driver narrowly avoided crash as she drove around roundabout
* Told gardai she was "balubas" when stopped

Courts of Criminal Justice
Courts of Criminal Justice

Eimear Cotter

A woman who drove the wrong way around a roundabout narrowly avoiding a taxi, told a garda she was "balubas" drunk, a court heard.

Patricia Ferris (45) had two glasses of wine and 10 beers before she got behind the wheel.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined her €500 and banned her from driving for four years.

The defendant, of Abbeylea Avenue in Swords, was found guilty before Swords District Court of failing to provide a breath sample to gardai.

The court heard a taxi driver narrowly avoided a crash after Ferris drove on the wrong side of a roundabout at Naul Road, Balbriggan on April 21, 2013.

Garda Peter Hughes said Ferris told him "sure I'm balubas" and I "could have killed him".

She tried but couldn't provide a breath sample.

Irish Independent

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