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Swords District Court

Swords District Court

Swords District Court

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A 49-year-old man who pleaded guilty to drink driving after he was involved in a road traffic accident in Rush last year has been disqualified from driving for three years.

Gunars Strods had been drinking heavily the night before the accident at Upper Main Street, Rush and did not think he would have to drive the next morning, Swords District Court heard.

Gardaí attended the scene of the collision at 12pm on March 27th last and noted that Strods was unsteady on his feet when he exited his vehicle and was slurring his words, Sergeant Patricia McGarrity said.

There was also a strong smell of alcohol.

A subsequent breath test gave a reading of 84mg/100ml of breath.

The solicitor for the defence said Strods, with an address at Brookford Lane, Rush, is a married father of two and is the sole earner for the family.

He has worked as a transport driver delivering concrete for the past 16 years and has no previous convictions.

The incident was a “stupid mistake” and Strods realises the error of his ways and the potential consequences of his actions, the solicitor said.

“He has been looking for work as he knows his position as a driver will no longer be available to him.”

Strods moved to Ireland in 2002 from Latvia and has never been in trouble before, the solicitor said.

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The incident happened during lockdown, the defendant had been drinking quite heavily the night before and he did not think he would have to drive the next day, he added.

Judge John Brennan said he noted the mitigating factors and said the mandatory disqualification of three years for the reading appeared to be “unduly harsh”, given that this was the defendant’s first offence.

He said given that he had no discretion on the disqualification he would reflect the guilty plea and other mitigation in the fine.

Judge Brennan convicted the defendant of drink driving and imposed a fine of €300, disqualifying Strods from driving for three years.


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