| 9.4°C Dublin

Drunk Leaving Cert crashed mum's Merc

A LEAVING Cert student who crashed his mother's Mercedes while drink driving has been remanded on bail pending sentence at the Dublin Children's Court.

The teen pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit, and to having no insurance or driving licence, in Rathmines, in Dublin, on September 19, 2008.

Detective Garda James O'Donnell said he spotted the car being driven at speed with its lights turned off, at the Upper Rathmines Road.


He said he took up pursuit and the then 17-year-old stopped after a few minutes.

However, the teen tried to drive off again but collided with a Nissan Micra, causing slight damage.

The teen had a intoxilyzer reading of 47mg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath, putting him over the drink drive limit.

Det Gda O'Donnell agreed with defence counsel Martin Dully that the teen, now aged 19, had no prior criminal convictions.

Mr Dully said the boy had taken his mother's Mercedes without her permission while they were at a function in west Dublin.

The teen had been supposed to get money from the car to pay for a taxi but "was tempted and decided to drive it home."

He said the teen planned to go on to third level education and was grounded for three months by his mother after the incident.

Judge Heather Perrin adjourned sentencing until July for a probation report to be furnished.