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Drunk drove after taking train home

A SALESMAN who had a few drinks with his colleagues after work, took the train home but then got into his car to go to the shop to buy food and cigarettes, a court heard.

Denis Farrington (31) said he was ashamed of his behaviour, and said what he did was "stupid".

A judge banned him from driving for two years, and fined him €1,200.

Farrington, of Clonuske Park, Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to drunken driving as well as driving without a valid NCT certificate or tax disc.

The incident took place at Drogheda Street, Balbriggan at 2.15am on October 16 last year.

Garda Damien O'Reilly said he stopped Farrington driving a 2001 Cork-registered car and took him to Santry Garda Station to be breathalysed. He produced a breath specimen which gave a reading of 47mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

Defence lawyer, Brendan Foley, said Farrington worked as a mobile phone sales representative but lost his job and was on social welfare.

Mr Foley said Farrington was in dire financial straits as he got €196 a week on the dole and his mortgage was €1,500 a month.

The court heard that Farrington had a couple of drinks after work and took the train home. However, when he got home he decided, foolishly, to drive to the shop to get cigarettes and food.

Judge Patrick Brady fined the defendant €1,200 and banned him from driving for two years. The disqualification was postponed until July to allow Farrington to put his affairs in order.