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Drink-drive mum three times limit at play area

A DRIVER who was nearly three times over the legal driving limit was lucky to avoid a group of playing children after she lost control of her car and hit a tree on a green area.

Ann Sherry's car hit a tree, then an electricity pole before it flipped and landed on its side, but she was uninjured in the crash.

A court heard that doctors have told 51-year-old Sherry that one more drink could kill her. She said she has stopped drinking and gone cold turkey.

Judge David McHugh fined her €1,000, banned her from driving for six years and sentenced her to three months in prison.

Sherry, of Bancroft Avenue, Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drunken driving and dangerous driving at Littlepace Road in Clonee.

She also admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence and driving while disqualified in the accident around 5.20pm on February 15.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to the scene following reports of a traffic accident.

FLIPPED

When gardai arrived at the scene, Sgt Callaghan said Sherry was sitting in the driver's seat of a 2001 Dublin-registered vehicle and refusing to get out or go with the Dublin Fire Brigade to hospital.

Sgt Callaghan said eyewitnesses reported that Sherry lost control of the car, went off the road and hit a tree before crashing into an ESB and Eircom pole. Sgt Callaghan said the car then flipped onto its side. She said that a number of children were playing in the area at the time of the accident.

Sherry later provided a sample of her blood to gardai. It produced a reading of 300mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood.

The court heard that Sherry has previous convictions, including a previous conviction for drink driving. She was serving a three-year driving ban at the time of the offence.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said the defendant, a mother of one, was a chronic alcoholic. Her partner died in 2009 and her mother in 2012 and she started drinking again.

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