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Drunk in taxi row spat on garda car

A DRUNKEN reveller who got into a row over an unpaid taxi fare spat at gardai and then all over the door, window and seat of their patrol car, a court heard.

Michael Collins (39) was also caught trying to conceal a small butter knife down the back seat of the car as he was being taken to the garda station.

A court heard that Collins had been out with a friend, and had mixed brandy with cocaine and sleeping tablets.

He said his memory of the night was very unclear, but he denied spitting at gardai, saying he may have been coughing and spluttering.

The defendant, of Mayeston Crescent, St Margaret's Road, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of assault, as well as criminal damage to a garda car, public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Parnell Green, Ladyswell, Mulhuddart on October 25 last year.

Garda Maciej Makowski said he was called to a house at Parnell Green around 11.30pm following reports that a man was trying to evade a taxi fare.

Gda Makowski said Collins spat at him and Garda Michael O'Reilly, and spat on the door, window, steering wheel and head support of their garda car, which had to be cleaned.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said Collins was a separated man who was dealing with his addictions.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to do 240 hours of community service.